Finding the Pearl

The boy’s question was straightforward. “Why did He create me?’ He was barely old enough to consider the question, but it was already present within him. Another boy from a half a world away had a similar question. “Why am I the way I am?” Another adolescent girl wanted to… Continue reading

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Care from the Highest Place but with Conditions

The light mist still lay at the bottom of the mountains. With eyes still blurry from sleep I could see the yellow and blue spots in the tall grass field behind the cabin. Finches and Indigo Buntings were having a feast on grass seed at the top of stalks still… Continue reading

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What Lives Matter?

What lives matter? I spent a few years with a project in Uganda, and made good friends with Gertrude, her daughter, a son, and many others who lived in a little village in near the Western mountains. I served them, helped where I could, got a few things they needed,… Continue reading

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The Power of a Good Samaritan

A lethal mix of cultural forces continues in many parts of the United States. It includes racism, rudeness, and lawlessness that are demonstrated in actions and words. In this culture and with the levels of emotion that are present, the demands to do one thing or another, to take one… Continue reading

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The Last Piece of Wood — A Maritime Parable About Preparation

The man was reaching up over his head in a compartment of the ship. With a tool in one hand and a piece of wood in the other, he carefully placed the piece where it was designed to be mounted. Each screw was tightened as it should be. He leaned… Continue reading

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Cut the Waters and Move Ahead — A Maritime Parable

I could see myself a few meters away from the axe bow of a ship. The grey hull was moving fast in normal seas. When the front edge of that cutting shape meets water, it is sliced. The force of the impact ejects spray up and slightly away from the… Continue reading

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