“If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.” Maya Angelou’s strong words sum up the negative consequences of disrespect. Can a person have respect for individ…

There was a darkness that came over my home seven years ago and shattered my heart. It tore apart my family at the seams and devastated my marriage. It was a darkness called sin and although I…

In a close football game, fans can relax when they see their well-protected quarterback take a knee and allow the clock to run out in order to preserve the win. Although this victory formation…

Scooby-Doo and Shaggy, Woody and Buzz Lightyear, even Lloyd and Harry from Dumb and Dumber, all prove true what many of us believe: we need and want friends.

Almost every day I enjoy reading a few comic strips and benefit from the humor and lighthearted perspective they provide. An example of this occurred when the parson observed Doc treating the …

Have you ever wondered why the thing that churches do on Sunday mornings is called a worship service? Are we really worshiping? And who are we serving? Unfortunately, too many churches have be…

We often describe the autumn season as an in-between time when we do not have extremely hot or cold temperatures. While this view contains some truth, we know that we can never say never about…

When I was in my late 20s, I decided to go back to school to get my masters degree in clinical counseling. My second year into school I started an internship at an outpatient hospital. Up unti…

I heard a statement that resonates in my heart: “When we admit to something that is bothering us, we begin to heal and we can move on and learn from it.” This reminds us that we often use much…

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”Sometimes we're so concerned about giving our children what we never had growing up, we neglect to give them what we did have growing up.” — James Dobson

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Do you have everything you need? Some might say absolutely not! Some may say yes. When we think of our needs, some consider having their basic needs like food and shelter as having everything …

What do you do with those leftover biscuits from yesterday’s dinner? I remember my mother slicing the biscuits in half the next day and adding butter before placing them under the broiler for …

We can all agree this has been a less-than-ideal year for most of us. We’ve been disappointed, stretched and challenged. I also think we’ve had to examine our own lives in a deeper way. The hu…

I have to confess that I’m an '80s music junkie. In my humble opinion, the best music ever produced was in the 1980s. A one-hit wonder in the early '80s was a song titled “Cruel to Be Kind” by…

The staffer at Yellowstone National Park stated that Wyoming contains 97% of the park while the states of Idaho and Montana claim 2% and 1% respectively. I remembered the old Sanka commercials…

The devotional writer pointed out that God sustains us as our lives take us to new places and experiences. Youngsters just starting school and those making transitions to middle and high schoo…

We live in a noisy world. There’s noise everywhere. Even as I sit in a “quiet” place to write this, I hear the noise of a ceiling fan creaking, the distant but distinct roar of an occasional v…

Have you ever asked yourself why we celebrate birthdays with gifts and parties? Why do we give such priority to these days that come once a year in our lives? I believe the answer lies in our …

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What are we going to do? Do we send the kids to school or stick with just distance learning? How will we go to work? How will we pay the bills? How can we bring a newborn baby into all of this…

The chief officer of the organization stated that, in talking to individuals receiving their services, he had heard repeatedly that their expectations had been exceeded. These comments reminde…

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Where do you hate waiting? Sitting at the DMV came to my mind. At the dentist, maybe? What about the E.R. or doctor’s office? Maybe you're waiting right now – not in a physical line but waitin…

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Several years ago, I wrote nine simple statements in my journal. Most of them are biblically based truths that I like to keep on the forefront of my mind. I look at them often because they hel…

Olfactory memories involve a smell or scent triggering the recall of something from our past. On an early morning walk, I caught a distinct whiff of diesel as the large truck pulled out of a d…

¿Cuándo fue la ultima vez que fallo en el deporte? Que por más inténtenos, siempre terminaba igual.

As I joined family members enjoying the ocean, I marveled at the strength of the waves. I watched one young person gradually improve his skills as he learned to ride the surges rather than all…

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I remember before I had kids, I mostly lived my life with the motto, “We only have one life to live, so I’m going to go all out!” I tended to see the good in all situations and had an optimist…

“That was a long time ago,” replied the man when I inquired about his military service. Actually, his veteran cap led to my question. His response prompted my thinking about how the past enter…

Many of my church family and friends are aware that I’ve never been a cat lover. As far as I can recollect, my fear of cats began as a result of a family vacation. One summer in my early eleme…

Sometimes I need a brief trip to the mountains. The beautiful landscapes in our upstate and beyond have a way of providing inspiration and relaxation. Although the roads with hairpin curves pr…

Unified Church of South Carolina, 338 Pine Log Rd, Beech Island will resume in-person church services on Sunday, June 21, at 8 a.m. Temperature checks will be performed and face masks will be …

On a visit to Texas, a city-slicker from New York City decided to try his luck at a local fishing hole. He stopped by a weather-beaten old bait shop to prepare for his big day. A lanky, white-…

In 1985, the population of the United States numbered 238 million. Today the figure is near 330 million. A stamp cost 22 cents in those days compared to 55 cents today. The ages of our childre…

We can all agree that the first half of this year has been unusual. This is normally a time of year for students cramming as much information in their heads while handwriting countless numbers…

I don’t know anyone who likes to wait. Do you? Waiting is hard work and, at times, can really test our faith. It’s especially difficult when there are no guarantees that our waiting will ever …

As Chaplain of the 43rd Engineer Battalion at Fort Benning 41 years ago, I took the army physical fitness test like everyone else. The timed events included the inverted crawl, sit-ups, push-u…

The relationship between Jesus and Mary, Martha and Lazarus serves as a great example of love in the New Testament. Jesus stayed in their home in Bethany near Jerusalem many times. The Greek w…

I walked across the parking lot toward the hospital entrance. I was so excited about my visit, but I hated having to walk inside. I had my mask on and plenty of hand sanitizer in my purse. I h…

Several weeks ago our friend called to invite us to a birthday party with these words: “Come ready to eat!” An invitation to satisfy our hunger with delicious food always gets our attention. A…

Has your life changed since March 15? If you are like me, you’ve found yourself aligning your daily life with a new kind of normal. We had to explain to our kids why they can’t go back to scho…

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