Reason to smile, cause to reflect, and an invitation to pause

- This is one happy grandmama with three beautiful grandchildren Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians …

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when death helps explain life

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” - John 11:25-26 A couple of days ago I posted a few thoughts in response to the death of my friend (and small-group member) Don …

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the art of family, and the joy of celebrating life

Don't misunderstand me when I say that I really enjoyed Saturday morning's memorial service for Myrt Hubbard Alexander. The occasion was sad, poignant, and memorable, yes - but it was also a celebration full with joy. First Presbyterian Church of Apopka was packed to overflowing with people, and the participants all shared wonderful stories that told …

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they follow him because they know his voice…

"He walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice." - John 10:4 This week I've been in conversation with a friend who asked me to suggest an appropriate reading for a family graveside service. Her brother is dying, she said; he's a believer, but hasn't been much involved in church. …

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listening at funerals

Friday morning Rebekah and I drove over to Chapel Hill to attend a funeral service for the mother of a church friend. The mass was held in the beautifully designed sanctuary at the Catholic Community of St. Thomas More. The front of the church featured a huge bank of tall windows, effectively connecting us with the trees …

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Margaret Thatcher – When the media getting it wrong is a good thing…

VIDEO-POST WEDNESDAY: Yesterday I forgot to post a link to my Wednesday video. Please take a moment to view; it includes our Labradoodle, Scout! THE IRON LADY: I have to thank my friend Steve Parker for pointing me to the article that redirected my thought processes this morning. Steve's motivation was simply to share  a …

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trying (and failing) to connect the dots…

I seems to me that I have attended too many funerals in the recent past. I have nothing against funerals, in fact I believe they are an extremely important element of life; it's the death I could do without. Fact is, and in spite of the real assurance I own regarding the promise of the …

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“For now we see through a glass, darkly…” – death as a semi-colon;

(Note: due to an WordPress anomaly, this may be the second time "For Now we see through a glass, darkly...." has popped up. This commentary was originally written December 11. My December 12 column will post later this morning - DEREK) For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see …

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“For now we see through a glass, darkly” – death as a semi-colon;

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. (1 Corinthians 13:12) Funerals/Memorial services almost always make a powerful impact on my mind and my spirit. This was especially true Monday evening, …

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