Author Archives: Morning Reflections

Miracle on 34th Street

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. Throughout the season of Advent – which this year encompasses the four weeks leading up to December 25 – we’re looking at classic Christmas movies and how they might connect us to the miracle of God choosing to become a human being. Children climbing into bed on Christmas Eve have always wrestled with… Read more »

It’s a Wonderful Life

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. Throughout the season of Advent – which this year encompasses the four weeks leading up to December 25 – we’re looking at classic Christmas movies and how they might connect us to the miracle of God choosing to become a human being. The most urgent question facing every human being lies at the… Read more »

Meet Me in St. Louis

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. Throughout the season of Advent – which this year encompasses the four weeks leading up to December 25 – we’re looking at classic Christmas movies and how they might connect us to the miracle of God choosing to become a human being. Judy Garland, at age 22, had no interest in playing another… Read more »

Holiday Inn

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. Throughout the season of Advent – which this year encompasses the four weeks leading up to December 25 – we’re looking at classic Christmas movies and how they might connect us to the miracle of God choosing to become a human being. Irving Berlin, one of America’s all-time great songwriters, knew he… Read more »

Lights, Camera, (God’s) Action!

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. Throughout the season of Advent – which this year encompasses the four weeks leading up to December 25 – we’re looking at classic Christmas movies and how they might connect us to the miracle of God choosing to become a human being. Quick.  Name your five favorite Christmas movies.  For many… Read more »

Shake On It

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. In 1789, the newly formed U.S. Senate wrestled with a difficult question for almost a month. How should American citizens address their new president? The nation was only a few years old, born of an armed revolution against the tyranny of English monarchs. Surely, therefore, we wouldn’t want to perpetuate the lofty titles normally… Read more »

Thanksgiving Day

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Praise the Lord, O my soul!My inmost being, praise his holy name.Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits.Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,Who redeems your life from the pit.And crowns you with love and compassion.Who satisfies your desires with good thingsSo that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.Praise the Lord, O… Read more »

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. We seem to be in the middle of a plague of plagiarism.  And it’s far more pervasive than a few high school students copying articles out of Wikipedia and submitting them as original term papers.  Several works of highly regarded historians, including Stephen Ambrose and Joseph J. Ellis, have been shown to be at… Read more »

Falling

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. What’s the most dangerous place in your house? That’s easy:  It’s the stairs. The number one cause of accidental death in the United States is driving mishaps.  Falling down the stairs ranks second. In At Home, Bill Bryson’s magnum opus on the history of the house, the author points out that “huge amounts of money… Read more »

Three Wise Words

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. Economists Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner – famous for their Freakonomics books – wonder if you think you can out-perform a group of British schoolchildren, ages five through nine. First, listen to this story. Then answer four questions: A little girl named Mary goes to the beach with her mother and brother. … Read more »