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Women commit suicide, too »

by Sherry Bryant

My son took his life in 1993, and I continue to go to meetings of Survivors of Suicide (SOS) to find companionship among grieving families. As I drove home from a recent meeting, I thought about how many moms lost sons or how many wives lost husbands and how women are often

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Value who you are »

I have never enjoyed birthdays, and I really don’t look forward to them. It seems that birthdays come way too fast these days. And, after all these years, I still don’t know myself.

Everyone says just “be yourself.” What does that mean? It seems “who I am” has changed three or four times throughout

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Mary’s truth »

Today is the feast day for Mary Magdalene, Apostle to the Apostles. Who is this Mary? Many stories have been fabricated about her over the years while her real truth is conveniently ignored by many. Let’s take a look at Mary’s story. Because there’s scant information contained in the New Testament about her, we

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Family fun routs healthy eating (on Sundays only) »

My family loves NFL football! During the season we like to get together on Sunday afternoons and cheer on our favorite teams.

Some folks like to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday by donning their team’s jersey, loading their plates with chicken wings, nachos, chips and dip, and park themselves in front of the big screen. In

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Lead from the back »

“Lead from the back–and let others believe they are in front.” –Nelson Mandela

Good leaders empower their teams. Good leaders lead from the back.

Whether you are the synodical women’s organization (SWO) president, the Women of the ELCA unit president, committee chair within the band booster or a volunteer with Scouting, empowerment or leading from the

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How can I be a neighbor? »

After an overnight train ride from Tours, France, with others studying the French language and history, and after following the massive, jostling crowds to Paris’ famous Avenue des Champs-Élysées, we were all surprised to find millions of people lining the Bastille Day parade route.

It was July 14, 1964, and the crowd was

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Answer to prayers »

Sometimes God answers our prayers in God’s way and time, according to God’s plan, not ours.

God sees the bigger picture. God doesn’t always give us what we ask for when we want it. What we think is best for us might not be. Sometimes, we need to reflect on Psalm 46:10, “Be still and

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Tell the truth »

These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgements that are true and make for peace… (Zechariah 8:16)

Today is Tell the Truth Day.

Do you remember the movie “Liar, Liar”?  In that movie Jim Carrey plays Fletcher Reed, a divorced attorney who is

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