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July 2009 Archives

I’m feeling mortal this morning – a stiff back, a bum knee that’s keeping me from running and driving me to the doctor next week, and a general sense of finality. The clock is ticking. Counterweight: I recently came across […]

I know two families – Erik and Sheryl, and Shelley and Ed who are presently in the process of adopting siblings from 3rd world nations. Both are having very difficult times closing the deal because of nonsensical governmental bureaucracy in […]

I believe God does bargain, but his terms are high stakes. Most of the time I don’t have courage to stay in the game. I fold my hand before the bidding starts. Here’s another clip from Six Prayers God Always […]

King David was known as “a man after God’s own heart.” David loved God, lived with passion and prayed with poetic and transparent honesty. But David was also a sinner. He stole the wife of one of his most loyal […]

Check out Nicholas Kristof piece chronicling slavery in the United States. Yes, this evil is “alive and well” in the 21st century. Human trafficking is now the third largest illegal industry in the world – just behind drugs and weapons. […]

This prayer is often called “St. Patrick’s Breastplate” because it seeks God’s protection in a world of both tangible and invisible dangers. Though Patrick of Ireland lived more than 1500 years ago his prayer asking that God himself would cover […]

I need wisdom, and fast. I have a challenge before me. It’s a good thing – actually too much of a good thing. I need wisdom and perspective beyond my own capacity to make the right decision between two good […]

Bargaining with God: Personally, this is a pressing question for me at this moment, here and now. I need something very specific from God this week, something deeply personal and practical and yet completely out of my hands to deliver. […]

Mother Teresa taught her Sisters of Charity this prayer. It is based on a prayer of Cardinal John Henry Newman. Dear Jesus, help us to spread Your fragrance everywhere we go. Flood our souls with Your spirit and life. Penetrate and […]

Pray for followers of Jesus living in Iraq. On Sunday a 30 year old Christian man was shot to death by gunman. Last week as many as seven churches were bombed. And many experts say that the full scope of […]

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