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A Word on Wednesday: Opportunity

Opportunity means conditions are favorable to achieve some end. People say, “opportunity is all around us,” and they also say, “Don’t waste a good opportunity.” Which one is it? How many times does opportunity knock? How can you be ready for it? From Old…

A Word on Wednesday: Exhausted

We are living through a pandemic. Here, in a rural, sleepy, Midwestern town, there are just a handful of cases, and as of yet, no deaths. The close reaching effect on me is nothing. I have not lost my income, earlier I wrote about…

A Word on Wednesday: Fellowship

Fellowship is a community of companionship. When I think of fellowship, I think of coffee hour after worship on Sunday mornings. It is one of the meanings of the word, and the most obvious place I put the concept into practice. “Communion, as between…

A Word on Wednesday: Worth

To know your value is to know your worth. Time and money are the quantifiers of modern life. How you choose to exchange these resources is the summation of what you consider valuable. As a preposition, worth is what is good or important enough…

A Word on Wednesday: Gracious

If I am to hope to be anything in this world, I hope to be gracious. Presently, an adjective, pleasantly kind, benevolent, and courteous. Characterized by good taste, comfort, ease. Merciful or compassionate. In practice, gracious living is its own reward. When we live in love with compassion and…

A Word on Wednesday: Outcome

Goals are what we set out to do. Outcomes are the result. I got a little discouraged this past week. On the first full week of 2020, I got a bug. A wipe you out, interrupt your sleep, feel so bad you can’t concentrate,…

A Word on Wednesday: Journey

Thanksgiving weekend is the busiest travel season of the year with 42.5 MILLION people traveling. Expect delays. We all know it is about the journey not the destination. In this regard, we talk about journey as a verb, to make a journey, to travel….

A Word on Wednesday: Transition

My writing often lacks transition; bounces from idea to idea, I neglect to connect them. The cue to readers to move from one thought to the next is often missing. Passages from one scene to another require a smooth transition. When this is awkward,…

A Word on Wednesday: Relief

Relief, a sigh of. The noun is the alleviation, ease, or deliverance through the removal of pain, distress, oppression …” Sometimes we don’t realize how tense, unpleasant, stressful a situation is until it is released from us. Then, we feel the relief. Relief is…

A Word on Wednesday: Rain

This morning there is a gentle rain. Pattering of droplets on pavement, on window panes, on softening ground. A gentle rain is as calming as a scented candle. Scientifically, the word rain is water that is condensed from the aqueous vapor in the atmosphere…