Shedding Some Light

Shedding Some Light

There’s Medicine for That My sister is a kindergarten teacher in Kentucky. She sent me this text: “Best child quote of the day. After running around during recess, my student puts his hand on his belly and says, ‘I feel…

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Only You Can Prevent Church Fires        A few years ago in December, I visited my friend’s church. The service was beautiful, but when it came time for the sermon, the pastor spoke a long time and my attention waned.…

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A teacher by any other name . . .  My brother Jerry and I were both Lutheran school principals. When I retired, I often substitute-taught at his school. I was teaching in a second-grade class when a little girl said,…

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This Ad’s All WetMy wife, Louise, and I were sitting in our living room. She was watching TV, and I was paying little attention to anything when she suddenly said, “Would you like a water mattress?” I asked, “Why would…

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404 ErrorAfter the Divine Service ended on New Year’s Day, I greeted the four-year-old great-granddaughter of a member of my congregation. “I have a purse,” she told me. I responded, “That’s wonderful. All I have is a wallet and a…

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Beware of DadI was greeting students at the door this morning, and one mom said she was upset about her child’s homework. Her daughter had a report on Mexico due, and the two of them made some guacamole to share…

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Not Everyone Gets to Be an Astronaut Several years ago, when my daughter, Emma, was just barely four years old, our pastor gave a sermon about being a sheep and following the shepherd or being a goat. After he had…

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Yes, It Is Finished In the Christian Church, we dont make amends; because Christ did it for us, we gladly make amens. Rev. Greg EilersPort Hope, Mich. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall Theres always a lot to be thankful for…

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Words Save Lives This morning, the kids and I were talking about upcoming events, and we came to the topic of our pastor’s retirement. I said, “In a few weeks, it will be Pastor’s last day at church because he…

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As time goes by During a recent shut-in call to members residing in the Alzheimer wing, I struck up a conversation with the recreation director, who was entertaining a group of residents, reading stories and telling jokes. After sharing an…

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Splish Splash A six-year-old girl was baptized in our Sunday service, and our pastor seemed to use an especially adequate amount of water. As he patted her forehead and bangs dry with the cross-embroidered hanky, she proclaimed petulantly, “I already…

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Random Thoughts for the Last Days of Summer A mousetrap placed on top of your alarm clock will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep after you hit the snooze button. Kathryn Gritts St. Louis, Mo. You…

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A GIft for Jesus When my grandchildren go to church with me, I like to give them each a quarter to put in the collection plate, which they both get very excited about doing. Well, on Easter this year, after…

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Situation Ethics? There’s a certain inconsistency in the way we insist our butcher’s scale be absolutely, positively correct; yet we don’t object too much if our bathroom scale fools around a bit with the numbers. George Kottzwitz Trinity Lutheran Church…

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Anticipation At the Kansas District LWML convention in Salina one spring, we celebrated Easter all weekend. He is risen! and He is risen indeed! rang out with regularity. During one of the weekend’s sermons, a pastor was talking about Paul’s…

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Not Really a Secret It was that time of the year, late April, and my Sunday school class of 15, including my own girls, Jeannie, 14, and Cindy, 8, were with me, walking along the side of a road and…