If diamonds rained

We will rejoice in you and be glad. We will extol your love more than wine.  Song of Solomon 1:4 For years I tried to gather up all the diamonds and jewels this world had to offer.  I was so obsessed with gathering up material things that I was oblivious to God’s abundant goodness and beauty all around me.  He was around me all the time with eternal treasure, yet I was blind and uninterested.  This poem is about that

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Heavenly Cleanse

I’m learning a lot about God’s intense, caring and personal love. In the course of my short cancer journey (March 2021) I have experienced God’s love in many ways, the deep love of God through friends and the love of the Lord in other ways like by sitting quietly on our patio in His presence. I am thinking there are a lot of ways to experience His grand love. For me, right now, it seems to mainly come in two

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The Value of Trust.

Have you ever been driving down the road and all of a sudden noticed a wild driver coming up really fast behind you?  If you’re like most people, your attention is suddenly divided between looking forward….to where you’re headed….and looking in your rear view mirror…at the erratic driver behind you.  :/ Similarly, when trust is missing in a relationship we tend to spend an inordinate amount of time and energy looking over our shoulder to see if the person in

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The Joy of Giving

Recently, a group of us from the Atlanta suburbs went downtown to volunteer with an inner city ministry called Atlanta Dream Center.   After an hour or so putting together food bags and getting prepared, we jumped in our car and followed three youth leaders at Dream Center to our destination….a housing project of largely poor families. As we drove in, we were  face-to-face with another culture….all seemed dark, empty and a bit unsafe.  Up came a large, extra loud

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The Gift of Life

If you haven’t seen it, the TV show Undercover Boss is a refreshing and entertaining perspective on how Bosses come to better appreciate the people and processes that make up their business.  In the show a CEO goes “undercover” (in disguise – see picture on left) usually taking on an entry-level job at their company in order to better understand what’s happening “out in the real world” where customers are.  As a result of being out in the field, the CEO invariably

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Karis’ Amazing Grace

I met Karis at Wright Square in Savannah on Sunday April 29, 2012. He’s a registered street performer in Savannah. He’s also poor and without most of the pleasures of life we take for granted. After talking to him, I found out he had just gotten out of the hospital after spending over 30 days there with double pneumonia…his only need in life was $42 for two prescriptions the hospital gave him. God answered that need. I also found that

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A Rose to Bloom

During a small gathering at our house recently, we each were asked to find a quiet place to go and ask God this question:  “God will you show me how much you love me?”  So, we all separated and found our alone spot.  For 10 minutes or so, we all settled before God to ask this important question. I wandered over toward the roses we have on the side yard.  Since it’s April and things are just now coming to life,

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Freedom Now.

I visited a prison recently as part of my job.  As I walked along a sidewalk near some repair work being done, I was struck by the sight of several jail cell doors stacked on top of each other.  These once impermeable doors were now of no use for keeping prisoners at bay.  What once held back criminals was now just a stack of metal…their usefulness, and power, gone.   Prison cell doors are massive, weighing 500 – 2,000 pounds each.  You

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Worth, Value and Antiques

I really enjoy watching Public TV’s Antiques Roadshow.  Hundreds of people show up at their events to see what their special items are worth.  I’m always hoping, as I am sure they are, that the $4.00 poster they bought at the flea market is worth $1,000 or maybe $10,000! During the show, antique experts describe the guests’ items with great detail.  Each of the experts have pedigrees in antiques and art history and are more than qualified to state the

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