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Pastoral Pearls: Use your gifts ...

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Well this pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?  That bright yellow flower just makes me smile and fills me with optimism and hope! The words are pretty demanding, though. I really have to concentrate on making the words that come out of my mouth be truly kind and life-giving. I do ok...

Pastoral Pearls: Power of a Smile

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I love this sentiment. Knowing that God calls us above all to “Love one another,” I forget that sometimes the smallest thing can offer the warmest love. I know how I feel when people greet me with a smile – warm, noticed, worthy of a kind gesture, acknowledged. Even if I...

Pastoral Pearls: Body Language

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The first Friday in October is National Body Language Day, giving me a little pastoral nudge to pay attention to how others around me are feeling. I am also reminded that feelings are 55% body language. I think that the feelings expressed in body language is something I will challenge myself to...

Pastoral Pearls: Suicide Awareness

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This second week of September is National Suicide Prevention Week. Suicide is an anguished cry for help from someone who feels so alone, so lost, that there is no other option for them. I can’t even begin to imagine what that might feel like, but my heart aches. My own brother took...

Pastoral Pearls: Words Have Power

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I came across something in “Jesus Calling” (August 3) that talked about the power of words – “to bless or wound.”  Words are so powerful! Even if I take them back, (and so often I seem to blurt something out that I never really meant to say),  it...

Pastoral Pearls: Stronger than I think

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Perhaps I am stronger than I think. ~ Thomas Merton It is inevitable that times will get tough – sometime. It is inevitable that I will not always agree with the reality facing me. It is inevitable that I will want to be in the driver’s seat, taking control, making all the decisions...

Pastoral Pearls: Assumptions

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“The problem when you are a strong, capable self-confident person, is that more often than not, people think that you don’t really need things like comfort, reassurance, loyalty and guidance. People are most likely to look at you and say, “ She doesn’t need this&rdquo...

Pastoral Pearls: Unique Packages

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I wish for a world that views disability, mental or physical, not as a hindrance but as unique attributes that can be seen as powerful assets if given the right opportunities. ~ Oliver Sacks What an amazing God we have, who creates so many unique packages for the human person! With so many...

Pastoral Pearls: Remember the loved one ...

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“If you know someone who has lost a child, and you're afraid to mention them because you think you might make them sad by reminding them that they died--you're not reminding them. They didn't forget they died.  What you're reminding them of is that you remembered that they...

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