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The search for Truth continues.
After a two-year shutdown, the Large Hardon Collider in Switzerland will reopen this March. Scientists will be looking for evidence of supersymmetry, a theory that predicts a partner particle for each particle in the standard model. Physicists say this theory could build upon the standard model and help us better understand things like dark matter and string theory.  The rebooted LHC will also be operating with a lot of juice — smashing ...
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It's the Wrong Trail
 
It's the Wrong Trail
 
One evening, while I was trail running along a woods' path, accompanied by our faithful and fierce woods-poodle, I came upon an unknown fork in the trail, and took a wrong turn. It wasn't twenty-five yards before my intuition told me, "This is wrong," and asked myself, "Where is the dog?" When I stopped to turn back, the poodle was not behind me. I ran back to the fork and whistled. Running in from the direction I should have gone, and leaping low over a stream like a smiling wolf on the hunt, she bounded down the trail at high speed. When she stopped beside me, I swear she was laughing at me. If I'd have kept going the wrong way, there's no telling what kind of trouble I'd have found as the sun went down. My intuition stopped me and my companion showed me the right way.

In the woods, it's easy to get turned around and to go in the wrong direction, even when walking on trails. When we make a wrong turn sometimes, all we have is a gut feeling telling us that something is wrong. It's helpful to have a faithful companion who has judgment that you trust to help find your way. 

Do you hear your intuition and keep a faith-companion? 

Let's Pray: Dear God, if we lose our way in the wilderness, guide our steps with whispers to our intuition, and confirm our choice through a knowledgeable faith- companion. Amen.

Today's Thought Is: God will guide you; keep faith in your heart, and a friend at your side. 


 
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It was late at night and I was in the East Village. I had to catch the Number 5 subway up to 86th and Lexington. The subway car was almost empty when I stepped in. The few who were there were minding their own business. Across from me was a man leaning against the doors. He was maybe twenty years old, wearing new hip-hop clothes: baggy pants, expensive sneakers, a loose-fitting and non-descript athletic jacket, a ball cap twisted sideways on his head, and several gold necklaces dangled from his neck. I guessed he was headed to Harlem. He was the kind of man that I might have avoided in my youth, fearing he was up to no good. When I glanced at him, he looked me in the eye, and gave me an upward nod of the chin. He was saying hello. His eyes said, "It's cool."

I went over, leaned against the door beside him, and said, "I'm a visitor. In '80's the city was dangerous. These days people look you in the eye. People are kind. They say 'excuse me'. Strangers are helpful on the street to the elderly. This city's civil. What changed?"
 
Looking me in the eye, he said, "9/11 changed everything."

It seems that these days New Yorkers don't ask the question, "Who then is my neighbor?" They know everybody is.

Let's Pray: Dear God, out of terrible tragedy some of your people have found their common humanity. We thank you that sometimes out of trauma a deeper healing can arise. Amen.

Today's Thought Is: From the ashes hope arises.



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Tumbledown
 
Near the glacial pond, just below the summit of Tumbledown Mountain, a family group and other hikers sat enjoying their lunches and the view under a blue sky. An ominous thunderhead appeared on the horizon - growing ever larger and ever closer, with thundering and lightning bolts.

All parties saw the danger of being atop a bald mountain in a lightning storm. They made an orderly and hurried dash down the Brook Trail. Rain fell in torrents, soaking the hikers, and the Brook Trail - dry on the way up - became a rushing brook on the way down. 

Lightning crackled around them continuously. Nearby the trail, a bolt landed. After that bolt, each time another struck, a little girl screamed in terror, which proved unnerving to another child whose tears and fears made her cling to her older cousin. This older cousin held back her own tears and her own fears, put on a bold face, hugged her younger cousin, pretended courage, and urged the girl downward.

The rain poured. The lightning was frightening. Soaked hikers slipped on rocks. Shins scraped on rocks. Children cried. Dogs cowered. In the end, everyone made it safely down. Back at the lakeside cottage, it was pajamas, pizza, a DVD and party time for the cousins.

Looking back on the day, cozy in their cottage, the treacherous wet hike down became the highlight of their summer.

Let's Pray: Dear God, troubling times can bond us closer together. Give us the courage to face the trials of life, and the strength to go on. Amen.

Here's a Thought: Have courage because you have hope.

Source:
Job 11:18
For an overview and photo of Tumbledown Mountain and Brook Trail, please see: http://www.summitpost.org/tumbledown-mountain/196800
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My poem in the Huffington Post.
Sitting on a dark deck under one star in the clouded sky, listening to bullfrogs croaking to each other in regular conversation and watching as the fireflies light up the night as iridescent dots Against darkness....
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Jeepers Jumping
 
Jeepers was four years old when his mother took him to visit her sister. The sisters sat on the porch, sipping tea, while they watched Jeepers pile leaves, then run, jump and play in the mound. The next morning his mother saw Jeepers crawling to the bathroom. 

"Jeepers, what are you doing crawling to the bathroom?" she asked.

Jeepers stopped crawling, looked over his shoulder at his mother, and said, "Yesterday, when I was jumping in my leaf pile, I broke my leg."

"Come now, dear, stand up," she said.

"I'd rather not," he replied. "I heard it crack."

Later that morning at the doctor's office, an X-ray confirmed a cracked kneecap on the uncomplaining boy. His mother had always told him, "Nobody likes a complainer." Even so, Jeepers should have said something to his mother. 

Not many of us prefer to be around complainers. Whiners are tiring. Believe it or not, God does not mind complainers, bellyachers, sourpusses, kvetches, or gripers. If you've got a complaint, an ache, a wound, a sorrow, or a cause to moan about, tell it to God. God can take it. God's tough.

The Psalms say, "I cry out to Yahweh. I plead for Yahweh's mercy. I pour out my complaints before God and I tell God my troubles."

God has an ear to hear your troubles. That does not mean that God will fix your troubles. It means that you are not alone.

Let's Pray: Dear God, life is tough right now. Hear our complaint. Show us our path. Amen.

Here's a Thought: You are not alone. God hears.

Sources:
Psalm 30:8
Psalm 142:1-2


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My story, 'Miracle at Reny's', is now published in the Huffington Post!
A working mother hunted for boots that her teenage daughter wanted for Christmas. She looked for weeks hoping to find the expensive boots. An emergency car repair bill came up, meaning the mother spent the boot money....
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Temper, Temper
 
It was rush hour on the highway just outside the city. The State Trooper pulled over a driver, and asked for his license and registration.

The driver asked, "What's wrong officer? I wasn't speeding, not in this traffic."

"No you weren't," says the trooper, "but I saw you give the one finger salute as you swerved around a car a of couple miles back, and I then observed your angry red face as you shouted at the driver who cut you off, and just now I saw how you pounded violently on your steering wheel as the traffic slowed to a crawl. I have been following you." 

"Are those crimes, officer?" 

"No, sir, but when I saw a "Jesus loves you" bumper sticker on the back of this car, I wondered if it was a stolen car."

We have all behave badly on occasion. We are not asked to treat others as we are treated, but to treat others as we would like to be treated. Our actions reflect what we hold in our hearts and speak louder than any words we say we believe in. It is as simple as that.

If God is love, and if we have faith in God, how do we live love on the most frustrating of days?

Let's Pray: Dear God, on a bad day keep us calm, and let not anger rule our hearts. If we feel like exploding, or raging, or shouting, send Your angel to us and bless us with a breath of peace. Amen.

Here's a Thought: The peace of God is with you.


Sources:
Panagore, Peter, staff writer. Homiletics: The Art of Communication through Preaching and Worship, Volume 16, Number 3, May-June 2004, p. 26. 
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

 
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A Visit to Heaven and Hell

Anthropologist Dr. Bob Pain reports that one day he visited Heaven and Hell (Cennet and Cehennem) in Turkey. These two caves were formed when a single ceiling collapsed, and both are located near a small fishing village. The caves have been cultic places since prehistory. Ancient Greeks believed one cave (Hell or Cennet) was where the giant Typhon lived, whom Zeus trapped and imprisoned. Typhon was the father of the hellhound Kerberos who protected the entrance to this post-apocalyptic looking underworld. Hell Cave is an almost circular dark shaft and is feared by the locals.

The cave next door (Cehennem), with its four hundred steps to the bottom, is the cave of Heaven and resembles a green haven of peace and tranquility. The cool bottom has shrubs and trees filled with birds' nests, a fifth century church, and an underground stream of cold, fresh water. 

The water at a nearby Mediterranean Sea beach is strangely and significantly colder than the surrounding seawater. Some days you can see men or women standing in the sea at that beach, bending over, scooping water into their mouths and drinking. The cold water is sweet water that wells up from the bay floor, dropping the temperature and creating a fresh water pool inside the sea. This fresh water pool arises from the Cave of Heaven.

In the midst of our salt-water lives, if it feels like you're living in hell, drink deep of the water of Heaven to satisfy your soul.

Let's Pray: Dear God, we thirst. Give us Your drink that refreshes eternally. Amen.

Today's Thought Is: God is fresh water and quenches thirst. 

References:
Cennet and Cehennem:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cennet_and_Cehennem
http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/go/med/kizkalesi/cennet-cehennem.html

John 4:10 NIV "Jesus answered her, 'If you knew the gift of God and Who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.'"
 


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High Design in Portland, Maine created by Boothbay's Susan and Chip.
Portland's East End is growing and new housing developments are on the rise and in demand.
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  • Yale Divinity School
    Systematic Theology and the History Mysticism, 1983 - 1986
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
    English Literature, 1977 - 1982
  • Montana State University - Bozeman
    National Exchange Student, 1979 - 1980
  • St. John's High School
    1973 - 1977
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