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Our dog Moe always sits on the floor next to me at mealtimes.  This is noteworthy because I’m really not his favorite person in the family.  He doesn’t sleep by my feet at night or snuggle up to me on the couch unless no one else is home.   He doesn’t run up to me and lick my face when I walk in the door.   But at dinner, he is right there by my chair.  Like my best friend.  This may be because I slip him a little something under the table once in a while.  And when it comes to his stomach he has a very good memory.  He knows I’m his best chance – perhaps his only chance – for a morsel at mealtime.  So he watches me while I eat.  Perhaps I will hand him a nibble.  Or if not, something may fall off my fork.  And he is there to snatch it up. (more…)

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What do the actors Charleton Heston, George Burns and Morgan Freeman all have in common?  They have all played God in the movies.  At least they provided the voice of God.  Others have taken on this same task in film or on television.  Each brings a unique distinctive, often authoritative quality to the interpretation of God’s voice.   (more…)

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Imagine you are a parent and your child crawls up and your lap and asks you the kind of question you feel completely unprepared to answer – like “why does God let bad things happen?”  How do you respond to a child trying to make sense of a senseless world?

You want to say the right thing and provide a meaningful explanation, but sometimes we don’t understand it ourselves. (more…)

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My wife and I celebrated a milestone anniversary this past week.  25 years ago we were just starting a life together – looking forward to a family and making plans to put our education to good use.  Now we find ourselves supporting our kids going through some important transitions and watching them develop their own ideas about life’s adventure. It’s interesting to reflect on how our hope and dreams; our expectations and desires about life change and evolve as we grow older.  (more…)

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