Jesus, Why Aren’t You Hanging With Me?

Lord, where’d you go?

I had just finished mowing the lawn, walked into the house and was getting ready to wash up when in my reflection in the mirror, I noticed something was wrong. The crucifix that a family member had given to me over 50 years ago, when I was an infant, looked different…Jesus was gone!
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A Gorilla, Glass, and Grateful!

Ohhh Daddy look at the big monkey!

With that, my son pointed at the gorilla at the Bronx Zoo.  He said those words in early September 2007, nearly 10 years ago! Shortly after that, the gorilla got up and raced towards my two children, startling them.  My son, then nearly 2 ½, shrieked in horror, and my daughter ducked behind me for cover.

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What Adopting Taught Me About God


….And with the fall of the gavel it was over.

The judge looked at everyone in the court room slowly and carefully. He then hunched over the desk and scribbled furiously. We could hear his pen scratching the wood of the desk beneath the wood. Every once in a while, he would pick his head up, look around, and then hunch back over. Finally, when he was finished with his mad scribbling he looked up and

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How Falling in Love Pointed Me to God

Stunning! Breath-taking! Vivacious!

I can still remember the first time I met the young woman who became my wife. Those eyes: big, bright, and brown….

…….That smile, it reached from ear to ear and brilliant!

………………..Her laugh…well ok her laugh was loud and obnoxious, but the truth is it was also infectious.

She had caught my attention and my interest. And so, throwing caution to the wind, I pursued her relentlessly.

I knew who she was, but I didn’t know her yet. Little did I realize that in getting to know her, I would learn more about God’s love and God’s grace than I ever thought.

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How can I thank you for this?


Beaming with gratitude and hope.

Those words aptly describe the face of my student after I had granted him an extension on his assignments. He hadn’t asked for one, but I knew that he was struggling with issues outside the class that were impacting his performance in class. I knew he had the ability to do the work. I knew he had the desire to get it done, but he lacked the time, and concern was etched on his face.
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How I Went from being a Cracked Pot to an Earthen Vessel


Larry Duffany

“Fix it Daddy!”

My, then, 5 year-old daughter came running up to me, with tears running down her chubby little cheeks. In her trembling, stubby fingers were the remnants of a clay cup she had made and painted for me in her kindergarten “art class.”

No matter how hard I tried to calm her, to tell her it would be ok, she cried all the harder. I sat down at the kitchen table, put down some newspaper, and laid the shards and chunks out before me. With some superglue, a brush, and a magnifying glass, I spent several hours poring over the pieces trying to restore the little clay cup.
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I Want What You’ve Got!

He walked up to me and said, “I want what you’ve got!”

At that moment, I was sitting at a table at Dunkin’ Donuts, hovering over a steaming cup of regular coffee, trying to solve a dilemma I had been presented. When a friend of mine broke me out of my thoughts, wanting what I had. If only he knew.

“OK,” I replied, looking up slowly at him as I spoke. “How do you take it?” His face screwed itself into a visible question mark, and in a perplexed tone, he asked, “What?”
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