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My Christian Fail

I was driving in a not-so-great part of town one Saturday morning when I made eye contact with him – a homeless black man wearing far too many clothes for an already-humid summer morning. He was sitting in front of an abandoned furniture store and as I passed him, he looked directly into my eyes. He was one of those people with no place to go – people we see but we don’t really see. A few minutes later I felt an inaudible voice inside me say, “Go back and help.” I thought about it for a second. I even remembered I found a five dollar bill in the dryer before I left the house and I considered it a …

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THIS is Who We Are

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ― Desmond Tutu With every terrorist attack, every bright future destroyed and every blood-soaked crime scene, I gain more clarity in this life. I am no longer shocked by man’s propensity to do harm. I am no longer surprised by the lengths a person will go to for their twisted faith or to feed their addiction. I am not confused by what evil is. What I – what WE – have to constantly be reminded of is that love is so blindly bright, evil scurries away from it like cockroaches at the flip of a switch. Today that reminder …

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A Match Made at McDonald’s

My father has had this ring for more than four decades. It’s from his time at McDonald’s where he worked his way up from burger-flipper to the corporate office. It’s a gold ring that features the famous golden arches above a single diamond. It’s rare; only a handful of them exist. It reminds me of my childhood. When I was a boy, I would slip it on my tiny finger. I was amazed how heavy it was and how big my dad’s hands were. Today, it’s more than just a ring. On an April day in 1961, an eighteen-year-old girl and her mother pulled into a McDonald’s drive-in restaurant in Saginaw, Michigan, in the family’s brand-new, powder-blue convertible Chevy Impala. …