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August 19, 2008

I BELIEVE GOD INVENTED DANCING

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I BELIEVE GOD INVENTED DANCING

FAYE ADAMS

I Believe God Invented Dancing

Why should I think this way?
Have you watched tall grass sway;
have you ever noticed leaves
merrily respond to the breeze;
 
considered robin’s “bob and run”
as he (more…)

August 8, 2008

DRESSING FOR BLESSING: GOD AND FASHION Part 2

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DRESSING FOR BLESSING: GOD AND FASHION   Part 2
—by Kathleen Clark

(to read Part 1 click on DRESSING FOR BLESSING: GOD AND FASHION Part 1)

GETTING PERSONAL
Personal church attendance spans many years. My parents always accompanied me, shepherding my Christian upbringing, though I don’t recall Mom or Dad as being particularly religious. We went rather consistently, but they weren’t strict. Sunday School was standard and when I became older (more…)

August 6, 2008

DRESSING FOR BLESSING: God and Fashion Part 1

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DRESSING FOR BLESSING: GOD AND FASHION   Part 1
—by Kathleen Clark

Sunday dressing. Wearing our best! When and why did it all begin? It’s a practice derived from the long held belief that giving and getting God’s best extends to how we look, especially on the most sacred day of the week.

Actually the specific day isn’t so important, because people worship on different days, but looking good for the service is. A broad spectrum of the Christian community; Protestant and Catholic alike, adhere to principles of “wearing our best.” Thus, conforming or not conforming to a particular set of accepted dress rules is sure fire way (more…)

June 3, 2008

PERTAINING TO THE SPIRIT

—written by Joe F. Stierheim

Webster’s dictionary defines spirituality as pertaining to the spirit. The definition of spirit is the inspiring principle or dominant influence. Both of these terms are heard in our society primarily in the context of religion and always in relation to humanity. But what, actually, is spirituality? (more…)

May 22, 2008

BEYOND COMFORT

—written by Regina

Paul wrote, “This one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14 (NRSV)

My life’s greatest pleasures have come from knowing, that I have so much to learn about life, and my experiences in the unknowing. I am willing to walk into the uncertainty as a child ready to receive both joy, and sorrow.
 
I sat with her. We cried. She sat there on the edge of the hospital bed, hands clasped, my arms draped around her. She was dying. The diagnosis was Cholangiocarcinoma, more commonly known as Bile Duct Cancer.

“Jean, my doctor was here. He informed me about the cancer, and then he suggested surgery. I’ve agreed to the insertion of a stent, which will afford me more time, but I am not having treatment. The physician said I have eleven months to live if I decline the cancer treatment.  I want to live out the remainder of my natural life as is.”

It began. The pacing.  Running, walking, or moving away from the problem helped when I needed an objective view. My mind desperately (more…)

May 19, 2008

DEFINING GOD

—written by Joe F. Stierheim

For thousands of years man has believed in a deity (or deities). The beliefs have taken many forms but all have hinged on one concept and that is that man can successfully define God. Before one can worship any entity, one must decide of what that entity consists. The first definitions were probably of obvious things—a tree, a mountain, the sun. They could have been natural phenomena, perhaps storms or earthquakes.

When man began to conceive of God as being less a physical object or phenomenon and something that is more ethereal such as an intelligence or source, definition got trickier. That didn’t stop man. He poured his (more…)

May 6, 2008

THE VIEWING

—written by Robert A. Woodall

You left me here in love, now I must find
Some solace in bereavement, heaven sent
To wash away the pain that grips my mind
And shrouds my heart in doubt. My strength is spent.
Can I, in faith, yet glorify His ways?

Your lifeless hand would touch away (more…)

May 3, 2008

THE TIME IS NOW…

At one of the initial meetings of the Beanery Writers Group, the prompt “THE TIME IS NOW,” was used. Below are the results from that exercise.

Pat wrote: The time is now to start writing. With that first burst of cool air, my energy returns in full. No excuses. Clean out those files. Discard useless clutter. Organize those delicate clips in a scrapbook. Start rewriting and sending out to different magazines. No more diversions–coffee breaks, pencil sharpening, petting the cat, scrubbing the floor. Sit in that chair and write, now!

Regina wrote: Hello. I needed a few moments to catch my muse and I thought this prompt (more…)

April 29, 2008

WRITERS CONFERENCES, BOOK SIGNING, NEWSLETTER 080429

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CHILDREN’S LITERATURE CONFERENCE: 12th Annual University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg CHILDREN’S LITERATURE CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD (more…)

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