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Musings (Page 3)

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Lenten Reflection

Like many of us, I look forward to the season of Lent. Lent offers us the opportunity to enrich our relationship with Jesus Christ. We focus on the end of his ministry, the events of Holy Week, the agony of his passion, his death, and his glorious resurrection. Giving up sugar, alcohol, chocolate, etc. can…

A Brick Wall

One of my passions is genealogy research.  I began in about 1977 by ordering my great-grandfather’s Confederate military record from the National Archives.   It contained various information about which battles he had participated in, how his pay was docked for losing a cartridge box, how he was captured as a POW in Virginia and spent…

Giving Up Lent, or I Don’t Like Parsnips Anyway

Who decided that self-sacrifice was the proper way to prepare for the solemn remembrance of the crucifixion and celebration of the resurrection of our Christ? It certainly is not what He was doing in those days leading up to Calvary. Indeed, His last days on earth were not spent in secluded self-reflection. Rather His teaching,…

Christmas Musing — Anticipation/The Crèche

As a child, I looked forward to Christmas morning, anticipating the gifts that Santa would bring. But there was something else I looked forward to, also. Growing up in a Roman Catholic family, the nativity set was always a focal point of our Christmas tree. It sat front and center under the tree, surrounded by…

Advent Musing – God is With Us

We worry. Theologian Howard Thurman writes: “The streets of our minds seethe with endless traffic; our spirits resound with clashings, with noisy silences.” And the questions persist: “what are we doing with our lives? Where are we trying to go? For what end do we make sacrifices? To what am I true?” Hard questions in…

Advent Musing – Anticipation/Family

Anticipation and excitement starts to build in the hearts of children as the first signs of Christmas begin to arrive.  Whether it is the decorations around town, the songs in the stores, the brisk cool weather arriving, children begin to delight at the many presents that they will receive. A few of our Upper Elementary…