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Dear Reader,

View this page as a place where you and I can have a conversation on subjects that are meaningful to both of us. On a regular basis I plan to post a topic or question on my mind which I encourage you to respond to (see below).

On this same page you will also find some of the responses that have been sent in by those who have viewed this web site. Please feel free to submit your own questions and thoughts which I might comment on and share with other viewers. I truly look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Archive for June, 2010

WRITER’S PROMPT: Hanging Wishes on a Branch

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
The Japanese have a festival called Tanabata and people celebrate by writing wishes on colorful paper and hanging the wishes on bamboo tree branches.
I love the idea of writing wishes or blessings for people I love on paper and then hanging them from trees.  In some ways, this reminds me of praying before the WailingWall in Jerusalem and leaving a written prayer or message to God by placing it in one of the holes or openings of the wall.  That is what I did many years ago when my wife and I traveled to Israel.  I remember writing a prayer to God asking for a child to enter our lives, and, in time, God answered our prayers with a beautiful, healthy daughter.  How blessed we have been!
What are the wishes or payers or blessings that you might write on paper and hang from a tree with the hope that they will be answered?

WRITER’S PROMPT: Daily Acts of Courage

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Aung San Suu Kyi has been locked up for nearly 15 of the past 21 years because of her efforts to bring a democratic form of government to the Southeast Asian nation of Burma which is led by a military dictatorship.  The  Nobel Peace Prize winner, who just turned 65, has said that in a political system ”which denies the existence of basic human rights, fear tends to be the order of the day.”  Such fear, she said, undermines  ”the small, daily acts of courage which help to preserve man’s self-respect and inherent human dignity.”

Think of her small, daily acts of courage as she tries to survive house imprisonment.   What are the small, daily acts of courage that you show in your own life?  Please share with us.

WRITER’S PROMPT: What Prayer, Psalm or Poem Is Meaningful to You?

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

I recently saw a heart-breaking photo in the newspaper in which a soldier fighting in Afghanistan reads the Bible and lovingly extends a cigarette to another soldier who was stunned by an explosion in that country’s Arghanab Valley.  The hurt soldier asked the other to read to him Psalm 91, a favorite from his childhood.  The headline, quoting from the psalm, said ”You Will Not Fear…the Arrow that Flies by Day.”  Another translation of that line is: ”Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day.”  I was very moved by the brotherhood of the two soldiers trying to support one another and by the words of the Psalm that were meaningful to the fallen soldier.

Will this terrifying war never end?

I would like to know what words comfort you when you are in need.  Would you share them with us?