Light Therapy

Sunrays filter through ozone, cirrus clouds, and an atmospheric parfait of allergens and pollutants. Their fingertips penetrate the grimy window pane and rest upon my shoulder. This infant's touch of light is just enough to inspire hope in a gloom-shadowed home. The beam stokes my appetite. My feet itch for the…

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Unquenchable

Dry skin shrivels into minuscule canyons between veins and wrinkles, aging my hands decades beyond the years they've earned. A pinched spot eases back into place, confirming my need for water.  I drink the last drop from my glass, but my flesh will soon crave more. Just outside, noon rays crisp each…

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Have the Heart?

Do you have the heart to be a genuine Valentine? The traditional sentiments float across store shelves and into mailboxes--be mine, I love you, I'm yours, etc. We purchase knick knacks and cards for friends, family, and those whose company we enjoy. But these gifts fall short of a true Valentine…

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Squandering Hog

Hoarders get their own TV show. Commercials woo spenders throughout the channels. All the while, a hybrid beast lurks in the shadows. This creature remains under Hollywood's radar. Ad companies and reality shows fail to exploit...the squandering hog. If I didn't know better, I'd assume rarity played a role in delaying…

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Trick or Treat

"Such a person feeds on ashes; a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, 'Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?'” - Isaiah44:19-20 Several bags of candy lurk in my house. I won't divulge where I hid these treats from my family. The loot stash must remain…

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Star Status

"Are you important?" The pharmacist locked eyes with me. Taken off-guard by the question, I fumbled for a response.  "You look like you're important," he said. "Well, everybody's just as important as everyone else," I managed to say. "I'm sure I'm no more important than you are." "Well, that's a good…

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Eat Your Cake Today

“'Eat it today,' Moses said, 'because today is a sabbath to the LORD'" (Exodus 16:25). We've all heard the terrible story of Titanic's victims who forfeited dessert to save their figure. Though I don't advocate gluttony or any other sort of hedonism, each day has it's own sweet opportunities. The gift loses…

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Rolling with It

I'm not a batter. Nope, not a golfer either. Don't even ask about volleyball.  I tried to improve my athletic skills in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Through various experiences I'd rather not recount, I learned a painful truth. White orbs seem destined for impact with my head, not for adding points to…

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LifeView

"I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth" (Psalm 121:1-2).   I'm a vacation window shopper. Our family excursions remain rare and less-than-luxurious, but I enjoy dreaming of castle visits and waterfall scenes. I scroll through packages to Yosemite,…

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Pumpkin Spice

"He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy” (Acts 14:17). In the dark of September's final night, orange gourds tumbled into town. They took over church yards and street corners. Some seem…

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