The Grace of Giving

The Grace of Giving

When things are going well, we all tend to become a little forgetful about being thankful. It’s easy to not be thankful over the little or mundane mercies that surround us every day. One of our recent graduates was publicly thanking God that he was privileged to go buy diapers for his daughter. Such an act does not seem significant except that a year ago his wife and children had left this area forever to head to Texas to start a new life.

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You Want to Risk

You Want to Risk

This morning, he is angry and making loud threats against a man (not present) who had very personally wronged him. “Are you ok?” I ask. “No!” he screams, eyes fixed on an invisible enemy. I am standing with Wolverine — the enraged persona of the gentle man I had known…I stood there for just a moment with a decision to make. I could respond with a gracious, yet shallow, apology for his troubles and wish him luck. Or, I could engage. I chose the latter and sat down next to him.

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