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Hal Owens
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“Job-like” Questions and Anguish
I have questions this morning (and every morning and all day long)—like Job’s questions in the Old Testament—questions without answers.  These questions overwhelm me when I read or hear of incidents like that in Manchester, England,  or  the senseless murde...

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The Carriers and The Carried
In Mark’s gospel we read the story of four friends carrying their paralytic comrade to Jesus.  They encounter a crowd blocking the way, but this does not deter them.  They climb up on the roof, cut a hole, and lower their friend down into the presence of Je...

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On Listening To One Another
Douglas V. Steere wrote a book On Listening To Another, and in the introduction he penned the following:  “In the Journal of John Woolman, there is a well-known scene which took place in an Indian village along the upper Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania.  ...

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Pictures of God
J.B. Phillips wrote a book titled, “Your God Is Too Small.”  He wrote about the many ways we see God and the pictures we form in our minds of who and what God is.  Whenever we try to define God with our images, Phillips wrote, we make God too small. Human b...

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Noticing the Person Next to Us
I don’t know where this story comes from but it is a good story.  A man died and found himself in a new realm.  He thinks perhaps he has made the grade and is in heaven.  An angel leads him into a great banquet hall in which an immense table is laid out wit...

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The Journey Has No End
From Hydra we sailed to Athens completing our sea journey in the Aegean Archipelago.  The next morning after breakfast we disembarked from our yacht and traveled by bus to the Benaki Museum of  Greek Civilization.  This museum was established and endowed by...

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Cruising the Greek Islands: Nafplion, Mycenae & Hydra
We sailed from Monemvassia to Nafplion (once upon a time an important seaport town in the Peloponnese).  From Nafplion we traveled by bus to Mycenae.  Since my first sojourn in Crete, I have longed to see Mycenae, a major center of civilization in the secon...

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Cruising the Greek Isles: Monemvassia
Monemvassia is a medieval fortified town remarkably preserved and built on a rock. The town is nicknamed the “Gibraltar of the East,” or as simply “the Rock.” The rock may have been the site of a Minoan trading post long ago, however, the town and fortress ...

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Cruising the Greek Isles: Kythera & Monemvassia
We sailed 180 miles from Crete to the island of Kythera.  Kytheria lies opposite the south-eastern lip of the Peloponnese peninsula and is known as the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of Love. (Cyprus also claims to be the birthplace of the goddess, bu...

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"Dear Mom"
Dear Mom, Forgive me for seeing you only as “Mom” and missing the essence of who you were apart from being a mother to me—to all seven of us.  You did an exceptional job in the “Mom” role.  You put up with all our shenanigans of those early years (and the l...
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