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Safe in Your Father’s Care

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To listen to today’s reflection as a podcast, click here In 1988, moviegoers fell in love with a French film that has virtually no soundtrack and minimal dialogue. Human dialogue, that is. L’Ours (that is, The Bear) is the story of a young cub whose mother is killed by a rockslide in 1885 British Columbia.  The orphaned cub now has no realistic hope for survival.  Touchingly,… Read more »

A Charlie Brown Christmas

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To listen to today’s 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. Before December 1965, no one had ever seen anything quite like… Read more »

Security and Significance

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. In 1965, guitarist Stephen Stills noticed an ad in Variety magazine.  A casting company for a new music-oriented TV show was seeking “four insane boys, ages 17-21.”  Stills decided to audition.  His music skills were excellent, but his misshapen teeth and ratty hair were not what the producers were looking for.  He returned… Read more »

Risking It All

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. More than six decades ago, an engineer from the Boeing company boarded a passenger plane driven by propellers. After introducing himself to the man sitting next to him, he began to talk excitedly about the project to which he had given much of his life – the development of the Boeing 707… Read more »

Shaky Ground

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America lives in the shadow of 9-11. Japan lives in the shadow of a different kind of national disaster, commonly called 3-11.  On March 11, 2011, an earthquake of unprecedented strength rocked the country.  The massive tremor, which registered 9.0 on the Richter Scale, generated a tsunami that in places topped 130 feet.  It inundated 200 square miles of coastline and traveled… Read more »

Landing on Our Feet

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Anyone who has ever owned a cat – which is to say, has been owned by a cat – quickly comes to realize they are creatures of deep mystery. And no mystery has been more fascinating over the centuries than the phenomenon of “cat-righting.”  How is it possible that cats always seem to land on their feet? Whether falling from… Read more »

A Mighty Fortress

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One of the charms of the Golden Gate Bridge is that it almost appears to be fragile. That’s astonishing – especially since it sits alongside the San Andreas Fault, one of the most active geological features in North America. But engineers are convinced that the bridge is probably the safest place to be the next time San Francisco is rocked… Read more »