Tag Archives: death

I Wish That Cow Would “Moo.”

I found that some fellowship with the funeral directors was necessary when going to the funeral home in the role of pastor. During the visitation, I would sometimes sit in the office and talk with these folks. They have some unique stories. Continue reading

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Thoughts on Halloween

There are holidays I enjoy more than Halloween, but it has come to mark a remembrance that even as autumn pulls our thoughts toward the end of life, we have joy in knowing that the end is only a beginning for people of faith. Continue reading

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Dodging Bullets in the Graveyard

I was enthralled at what I found. There were the graves of my ancestors. At least three generations of them, stones perfectly preserved, I was happy to take pictures and move among the graves with a sense that I was on holy ground. Continue reading

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And Are We Yet Alive?

At the end of an unusually long-seeming winter (it began snowing on Halloween and didn’t much let up) we are finally getting some springtime.  It’s good springtime too.  Grass has slowly grown greener, leaves are popping out on the trees, … Continue reading

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A Vivid Memory in Third Person

At sixteen you’re supposed to be thinking about driving.  But his mind was on other things.  He was suffering from a medical condition all through this year in High School known as a pilonidal cyst.  This caused significant pain when … Continue reading

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Decoration Day

Long before it became a day to honor the people who had died in war, the people of the hills of home would go each spring to the family or church graveyard.  They went in springtime after all the gardens … Continue reading

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Toward An Appalachian Christian Spirituality, Part 3: Dealing with Limitations, Sin and Death

Life is sometime hard for people who live in rural areas.  Appalachians face hardship from a number of areas.  Having come to live in the shelter of mountains, the people have found isolation and “apartness” to be an unswerving fact. … Continue reading

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