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The Gift of Families
By Rev. Keith Perry, Hospice Chaplain
Recently, my wife and I, our two sons and their wives, and our six grandchildren all met in Quincy, Illinois, for a family gathering. We were joined by my mother, my sister and her family, and a niece and her family, so it was quite the gathering! This doesn’t happen too often for us, so it was quite a special time. We all participated in a Veteran’s Day parade that’s held in Quincy each year to honor our veterans....
By Rev. Jenn Moland-Kovash,
All Saints Lutheran Church, Palatine, Illinois
Above my desk hangs a frame with three pictures in it. I was tempted to refer to it as a triptych: “Fine Arts. A set of three panels or compartments side by side, bearing pictures, carvings, or the like.” In reality, the definition fits – yes, there are three pictures side by side. But the truth is that I bought the frame at IKEA and the photographs are likely a far cry from anything...
By Ted Schroeder
If John the Baptist were alive today, he’d put on his camel hair cloak and head out into whatever wilderness we find ourselves in this year. His renewal message would still be the same: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”
What with terrorists and troubles, purveyors of fear and endless political wrangling, this word from John may not be what we need right now. Where are the nice words of comfort and the abundant life – especially...
Freed to Be
By Rev. Anne Christiansen, Wheat Ridge Board Member, Chicago, IL
As I gazed out the front window recently and watched a young boy fly by on his scooter, I remembered a treasured day when I had done the same thing myself. I had use of the family scooter and, freed from my irksome siblings, I pushed off with my sneakered foot to see how fast I could go around the block. It was an “Indian Summer” fall day, mild in temperature, but the trees had turned vibrant crimson,...
If Only …
By Sharolyn Sander, Lincoln, NE
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
In a society focused on self, materialism, and entitlement, it is easy to contract a case of the deadly “If Only” disease … i.e., “If Only” we had more time, more money, more opportunities … “If Only” our families, colleagues, or spouse would...