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What if the Good Son Was the Real Orphan?

What if the Good Son Was the Real Orphan?

He was a good boy. The responsible big brother. Loyal to his father. Faithful to the family’s affairs. Hard-working and obedient. His little brother was another story. Selfish, irresponsible, a squanderer, and a run-away. But who got the elaborate homecoming celebration? Not the successful, faithful son. The rebellious, destitute prodigal did. This seeming unfairness revealed much about the older son. His reaction provides the perfect picture of someone enslaved by an orphan spirit. Lee Campbell Last week I talked about…

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Contempt—Sneaky but Snarly—It’s Gotta Go

Contempt—Sneaky but Snarly—It’s Gotta Go

If you ask me, my mom was a pretty good mom. Not perfect—but close. Her level of patience with four daughters, all within four-and-a-half years of each other, was stellar. However, on occasion she did lose her patience with me. One particular event I’ve never forgotten. It’s not what prompted her reaction that stuck with me. Being only four-years-old at the time I can’t remember. But what lodged permanently in my mind is the way she handled herself afterward. She…

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What I Learned Last Monday (and since then) about Injustice

What I Learned Last Monday (and since then) about Injustice

Last Monday was Martin Luther King Junior Day. A day we as a nation focus on racial inequality and injustice. We’ve struggled with this issue pretty much since day one. On this holiday I often wonder what it is I should personally do to address race issues. I feel so helpless to effect any kind of change. And on a broader scale, what can/should I do about any injustice? What words should I say to others? What actions should I…

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It’s Time to Sing, Sister!

It’s Time to Sing, Sister!

Last week I directed readers to Lucille Zimmerman who had shared some coping techniques for those struggling with trauma. One of her suggestions: Sing She said that though it sounds odd (the idea, that is), singing actually helps. That suggestion piqued my interest. My dad was a music minister for several years and my mom played the piano. We sang a lot in our home. On occasion, my dad would line up us four little girls on the church podium…

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Limited by Finite Compassion

Limited by Finite Compassion

I’m struggling y’all. A month ago I wrote on Facebook, “Here we are at September already. Wasn’t August a doozy? Muscle-showing between the US and North Korea. Racism and riots in the east. Hurricane Harvey in the south. Drought and fires in the west.” I had hoped September would be better, but it was not. Two more hurricanes, an earthquake in Mexico, and October started with a mass shooting, the threat of another storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico,…

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It’s Cross-Country Season. Four Tips for Running Well?

It’s Cross-Country Season. Four Tips for Running Well?

A few weeks ago Bob told me about the dream he’d had the night before. We were trying to leave for a trip and he was being slowed down by a myriad of obstacles, including a pool of ice cream. WHAT??? Have you had those sorts of dreams—where you are trying to go somewhere or get a job done, and a thousand things (even good things) keep slowing you down and tripping you up? That’s not a dream, you say. Welcome…

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