Category Archives: Gratitude

Is gratitude a natural impulse?

Gratitude is a powerful antidote! A pioneer in the science of Christianity, Mary Baker Eddy commented, “Under affliction in the very depths, stop and contemplate what you have to be grateful for.” Jesus illustrated this when he gave thanks to God before what we would think of as impossible challenges. And then he went forward… Continue reading

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Contemplating Christmas?

A discovery – a big discovery – happened when the first Christmas was celebrated over 2,000 years ago. Shepherds were tending sheep and praying just outside of Bethlehem. Suddenly the glory of the Lord shone around them and an angel … Continue reading

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A fountain of youth: life lessons from Alice Herz-Sommer

Watching the recent Academy Awards, I was intrigued by the winning film of the Best Short Documentary category, The Lady in Number 6.  A good part of the world knew the subject, Alice Herz-Sommer and her biography, A Century of Wisdom (2012).  Her life is … Continue reading

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It doesn’t matter where you were born or who you were born…

Gathered for a summer enrichment program, a group of elementary school kids (considered disadvantaged), their high school mentors, and I were beginning the morning with a brief devotional.  The topic given us was Moses’ 10th Commandment paraphrased, “Be happy with … Continue reading

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