Category Class of We Made It

Little Parable, Big Lessons

The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus There was this rich man who had everything—purple clothing of fine quality and high fashion, gourmet meals every day, and a large house. Just outside his front gate lay this poor homeless fellow named Lazarus. Lazarus was covered in ugly skin lesions. He was so hungry he […]

Love Your Enemies

Can We Love Our Enemies? “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” (Matthew 5:43-44) How do I hate thee; let me count the ways. From trash talking sports figures, to ex husbands and wives, to abortion […]

What a Touch Can Do

And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. (Matthew 8:2-3) As a single woman in her 60s, I live a fairly isolated […]

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Making a Difference Bloggers Who Deserve Your Attention I’ve come across many bloggers that share beauty, faith, hope and love. These authors have inspired me because, through their own vulnerability, they share their stories and struggles. They open their hearts and invite us in to see their pain, their grief and their well-traveled road so […]

Heart Condition

Freedom From Religion Why Understanding the Freedom Christ Brought Matters The holidays are a joyous time of year for many. It’s a time of celebration, a time of thanksgiving, a time of looking forward to getting together with family and friends. Your lives are filled with supportive people who love you unconditionally. But for others, […]

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Unite Against Bullying We have become a country of “Awareness.” Certain months are dedicated “Awareness Months.” October is no exception. Along with (in alphabetical order) Aids, Breast Cancer, Domestic Violence, Down Syndrome, Lupus and Vegetarian Awareness, it is also Bullying Prevention Month.  Since October 9th is Unity Day, let’s Unite Against Bullying. I don’t want […]

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Why Should I Kill Myself? Why should I kill myself When you are doing such a good job of it? With your inauthentic, “pray for God’s will” When what you really mean is, “Get over yourself You really aren’t worth the miracle you’re praying for.”   Why should I kill myself When you are doing […]

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Coping with Being Human and Being Christian Yesterday, the weeping came and I couldn’t stop it. It was entirely out of my control. I am looking to move. I am on disability after more than 20 years of teaching elementary school. I live in California. I will start on Medicare in a month-and-a-half, which, with […]

Heart Condition

The Lord’s Prayer I’ve been thinking a lot about The Lord’s Prayer lately. The one that Jesus taught his disciples. Those five short verses. The ones he spoke before the Christian church was formed; before the Nicene Creed; before the massive internal division came. Before we did more harm than good. The prayer Jesus taught […]

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The Right to Opinion This week, I was asked to participate in a survey about opinion. The responses will be posted on the requestor’s blogsite, Harsh Reality.  My hope in participating was to broaden my own scope of reality, to understand a wider perspective, and open my own eyes to my limited understanding of what […]