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Dignity in Community

Children and teachers go back to school. Sports. Marching band. Theatre productions. Some many activities get into full swing again. All of us in some way transition from summer fun to regular autumn routines. Fields and orchards abound with a harvest to nourish our taste buds and basic needs. Life flourishes in so many ways—in…

Talk Less

You see, James goes on to admonish the believers to “be doers of the word and not merely hearers who deceive themselves.” The epistle writer cautions the readers to be quick to listen and slow to speech, slow to anger. This does not mean that anger does not have its place. This does not mean that we should stand silently by as injustice prevails. This does not mean that we should not ask questions or speak truth when we see deceit. Listen first. Speak second. Then listen some more.

Set Free through Forgiveness

It seems unavoidable. As humans, we cause hurt. And we carry hurts caused by others. Or we can let them go. Forgiveness. We face it every day in little things that arise; in persistent conflicts that just can’t seem to heal or fade; in relationships with those we love intimately, work colleagues, and strangers we pass on the street … or those who pass us.