We are God’s dearly loved children

Wanda Vassallo shares this story with us: “A gem dealer was strolling the aisles at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show when he noticed a blue-violet stone the size and shape of a potato. He looked it over, then as calmly as possible, asked the vendor, “You want $15 for this?” The seller, realizing the rock wasn’t as pretty as […]

The value of persistence

Assuming a strange mixture of Christian teleology and Darwinian evolutionary theories, we tell ourselves that all change is evolutionary, that resistance to change is not only futile but that it represents a dangerous, anti-evolutionary reaction that threatens mankind’s continued advancement. Progress is natural, and change is progress. While such a narrative (however simplified I have presented it here) does well […]

Thy will be done

When we lose someone very dear to us, especially our children, young or grown, we are left with a deep sense of emptiness, grief, numbness, and a spirit of defeat and hopelessness. No parent desires to outlive their child. it seems to go against the natural order of things. It is times like these we question God and ask why? […]

What child is this?


I gaze upon the manger in awe and wonder as I have for many years and am filled with peace and love. The peace and love radiates from the newborn Child, sleeping quietly with Mary and Joseph by His side. This love and peace that I experience comes from Emmanuel, “God is with us,” here on our fragile earth. Like […]

Merry Christmas

Wait…what? It’s almost Christmas again? Boy, time sure flies. I remember as a child overhearing my parents and their friends talking about how quickly time goes. I thought they were crazy. Time doesn’t go fast! However, the older I get, the faster time goes. The clock has a mind of its own. But what a special time of year this […]

A signal for all to be aware of

Of all the various parts of your car, arguably the most important part is the turn signal. Many an accident is either avoided or prevented because of the use of your turn signal. It sends a clear message to both the cars traveling behind you and the cars coming at you from the opposite direction. “Be aware and be alert! […]

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

One of my nieces told me in early November that she “could not wait for the Holiday season to begin.” I was happy for her and listened intently as to how she planned to celebrate each holiday. It seems to me that there is really no time to wait for the next holiday. Each year the business communities just can’t […]


It is interesting how my thoughts about Thanksgiving have changed over the years. Lately I have asked myself if I have, in fact, seen it as the opportunity it really can be to renew a commitment to thankfulness each year. I have no reason to be anything but thankful, in so many ways, and I need to remember that. Thankfulness […]

Hope in times of our passing

My father passed away earlier this month. It was not unexpected. He lived nearly nine decades, and only spent the last few years in a nursing home where he received excellent care. Just before his birthday in July I had asked him what he wanted for his birthday, to which he had responded quietly, “To go home.” I shared that […]

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