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The Power of a Kind Word

The Power of a Kind Word

–> I try really hard to remain connected to my friends.  But, I often let weeks go by without calling or texting.  This week I was reminded of the value of a kind overture.  There is nothing like being on the receiving end of genuine encouragement. Every single day this past week one of my friends reached out to me and made it clear in their own way that I was valued.  I had to leave a memorial service rather…

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Heroes of the Home

Heroes of the Home

I have noticed that the superhero movies tend to do well at the box office.  The same superhero can be featured in several movies and the theaters are full.  Why is that true.  Is it attributed to superb acting and engaging special effects?  Maybe… I actually think there is another dynamic at work. Our culture longs for heroes.  They are out there, if you look.   There is a particular longing for the kind of heroes that most people will never…

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Situational Awareness

Situational Awareness

I attended a safety meeting at the fire department this week. The topic for the evening was: “situational awareness.”  It was an excellent presentation regarding the importance of paying attention at a working scene.  Situations firefighters are called to can present dangers that unfold fast.  The next day I learned that situational awareness is a spiritual discipline as well. I was enjoying my weekly lunch with my friend, who is well into his 80’s.  It’s a highlight of every week….

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Wearing My Father’s Coat

Wearing My Father’s Coat

–> If I ever officiate at a graveside service not properly dressed, I think my mother may come back to haunt me.  She always made sure I had a nice trench coat for services done on a rainy day.  And, she expected me to wear an acceptable wool coat for the chilly ones.   When I packed for Charlie Goin’s funeral service in Oklahoma this week, I made a slight mistake.  I grabbed the black wool coat from the closet that…

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Racine, Wisconsin in the Rearview Mirror of My Dad’s Torino

Racine, Wisconsin in the Rearview Mirror of My Dad’s Torino

I don’t recall the 7th grade being my favorite year in school.  In fact, that may very well have been the worst year in my entire academic experience.  It was a socially awkward time. It was a time of searching for a sense of identity. I had to deliver a speech in English class that year. The teacher made it clear in her critique of said speech that my future would not be in public speaking… Thankfully, my occupational identity…

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In Memory of Dr. Kerry L. Knox

In Memory of Dr. Kerry L. Knox

–> My sister, Dr. Kerry Knox, passed away one year ago this weekend.  She still had so much in life she had hoped to accomplish.  As a professor in a medical school, she was assigned to researching suicide in veterans and related issues.  She worked in conjunction with the US Air Force, as they did research they hoped would impact lives for many years to come.  But, for Kerry, it came to a sudden end on October 21st of last…

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My Ministry is No Longer “Out of the Box’

My Ministry is No Longer “Out of the Box’

I have told my friends for nearly 30 years that being a police chaplain is very much an “out of the box” ministry.  It’s ministry in the field and not in a church building!  And it’s a ministry to all kinds of people of all ages coming from all walks of life. And…I love it!! In recent years, my law-enforcement chaplaincy efforts have expanded to those serving in Emergency Medical Services.  I have been welcomed with open arms by these…

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Why am on this Road?

Why am on this Road?

Why am I on this road?  This is not a road I normally travel in life.  And it’s leading me to places that make me feel very uncomfortable.  I can’t believe I am actually here.  This is not where I had planned to travel in life. I took a wrong turn somewhere along the way.  This road is dark and treacherous. Why am on this road?  I wasn’t paying attention. I was careless. The signs were posted very clearly, but…

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Let’s Turn that Conversation Around and Make it ALL About ME!!

Let’s Turn that Conversation Around and Make it ALL About ME!!

I had two conversations this week.  I actually had more than two interchanges with other people over the past 7 days, but two stand out.  If an award could be given for being characteristically private, I think I would win first place. I am a very private person.  I don’t tell share my deepest thoughts or feelings very easily.  My inner circle is small.  In light of that reality, I did something out of character for me earlier this week.  I actually shared how an…

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I LONG to be 18-Years-Old Again!

I LONG to be 18-Years-Old Again!

Several of the most influential mentors in my life have passed away over the past several years.  At age 56, you would think I would not still have so many pressing questions.  At this stage in life, shouldn’t I already have all of the tools I need to navigate the complexities life presents?  I find myself still needing a good word from wise people.  The questions at this stage have a more difficult feel to them.  I find myself feeling…

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