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Whose sacrifice mirrors God for you?

Whose sacrifice mirrors God for you?
Remembering Henry Leitner and Otis Morgan Who mirrored God for you? WWII veteran, Colonel Ben Skardon wants us to remember two names: Henry Leitner and Otis Morgan. They mirrored God for him by saving his life, over and over again. Before I tell you more, Ben’s honoring of his two friends who died in WWII (as fellow POW’s of the Japanese) reminds me of a lesson which brought me faith.  In the exercise we were asked to list the one to two nicest things any other person ever did for us. Once you write this down,  you cross out the names of those you are honoring, and replace each name with the word...
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Miracles – Tis a Gift to be Simple

Miracles – Tis a Gift to be Simple
Simple miracles, I have learned from family survivors of World War II, are actually magnificent miracles. (be sure to keep reading to the end forJewel’s rendition of  Tis a Gift to Be Simple) To have enough food, loving fellowship (gezelligheid), safety, time in nature, all of these are the gift of simplicity. Each is a miracle in its own right. My mother, Bouk de Vries Jobsis, tells this family story about the magnificent miracles and simplicity…. As an only child in the war years, she would sometimes visit some of the large families of her aunts and uncles, sitting with her many...
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Homecoming – Heimwee, Comfort Food, Comfort People

Homecoming – Heimwee, Comfort Food, Comfort People
  The Taste of War: World War Two and the Battle for Food by Lizzie Collingham “How can one imagine not being hungry?”  Primo Levi asks in his account of his experiences at Auschwitz. The camp “is hunger: we ourselves are hunger, living hunger”. According to Lizzie Collingham’s ambitious new book, the whole second world war was hunger.   “Is there more?” Papa at each and every meal for a long, long time   My favorite definition of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is: PTSD is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation.* This is a gentle, yet...
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End of the World Tomorrow

End of the World Tomorrow
“Don’t you know it’s the end of the world Saturday?” Everyone at Peet’s coffee in Morgan Hill is saying this. I’m an early a.m.  regular because being here helps me to keep writing…no laundry, no family wandering in and out to get me away from the keyboard. But this is a huge distraction, the end of the world. They’re all saying it. They don’t mean it. Peet’s coffee folks are adding, “Haven’t you seen the posters at the side of the road?” Actually, I have. They say the world is ending. “Then we’ll have a party Saturday.” “Yeah, it’s going to...
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30 Days of Light – Reflecting Love

30 Days of Light – Reflecting Love
Babies and parents mirror love. Mommy makes a silly smiley face and says “Ahhh..boo!” and baby answers, “Ahhh…boo!”  and smiles back.     Daddy moves his head from side to side and grins, baby does too.                 As adults we still do this. My husband will go out on an overcast day of misty rain, when LIGHT is beginning to break through the clouds, and he says what I usually say, he is mirroring. It’s my version of “Ahhhhh…boo!” What he says is, “Ah, this weather reminds me of when I...
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