Closer to God

Grow Closer to God this Holiday Season

I love the song “O, Holy Night.” Its lyrics are so reflective. The line “Until He appeared, and the soul felt it’s worth” jump out at me.  It’s easy with all the chaos that the trimmings of Christmas bring, to forget what the Holiday means. The birth of Christ is a big deal because his […]

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Oh Holy Night

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth! Long lay the world in sin and error pining Till he appear’d and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary soul rejoices For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn! Fall on your knees […]

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You Get Back What You Give

Today is “Giving Tuesday” and everyone is fundraising! It’s a day that makes some people feel uncomfortable, and inspires others to be generous. Kind of like the Salvation Army Santa’s standing in front of every store. I feel a little guilty if I don’t toss some change in the bucket, but sometimes I literally don’t […]

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The Secret Sauce for a Happy Thanksgiving

As the holidays draw near there is much excitement, but also a little dread. Who knows what family members will say and do! We are all familiar with Rockwell’s iconic painting of Thanksgiving. It looks so inviting. It’s the image we hold in our heads of a good Thanksgiving. But then the relatives show up […]

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Grateful People Create God’s Dwelling Place

Each year in November we are reminded to be grateful for the life and liberty we have through the celebration of Thanksgiving. We are reminded of the sacrifices of our ancestors, and of the noble history of our nation. Who isn’t grateful for a chance to get together with family and friends to share a […]

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Encounters With Memories and a Medium

Living Between Two Worlds – Part 2 The topic of the spiritual world grabs our attention because all of us, even the skeptical, are hoping for validation that there is more to life than meets the eye. While a student at the University of Maryland, I volunteered with the CARP club. We had a video […]

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Going Beyond Your Comfort Zone

Some people might ask, “Why would I want to go beyond my comfort zone?” Isn’t comfort the destination? Or at least it makes the journey better. Isn’t comfort part of happiness, and isn’t happiness the purpose of life? It seems that we have a natural desire to seek comfort. No one wants to make themselves […]

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Living Between Two Worlds

I recently stumbled across a curious book entitled “Between Two Worlds” by Tyler Henry. The sleeve had nothing to recommend it. The book jacket shows a very young-adult Tyler who looks like he belongs in a boy band. But synchronicity or something made me open it nonetheless. It didn’t help that someone sitting near me […]

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How Not to Grow Old

No-one wants to grow old. Sure, we long for wisdom, but none of the 20 or 30 somethings I work with ever say, “I wish I was 60 or 70!” Apart from physically ailing, I think the real threat of aging is the dread of becoming a kill-joy wrapped in misery! It’s not that growing […]

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Happy Diwali for New and Old Friends

Last week I was invited to celebrate Diwali with a friend. I’ve always had an interest in Indian culture and traditions so this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year, usually somewhere between mid-October to mid-November. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, it signifies the victory […]

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