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Hard to believe sometimes


Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

"For we know that all things work together for good for those who love God." (Romans 8: 28)

As I drank my first cup of coffee this morning, I watched the birds at my feeders just outside the window. They were eating the smaller seeds whole, but the larger seeds they would pick up, work their tiny beaks around a bit, and spit out the outer hulls, swallowing the good insides. It occurred to me that our lives are supposed to be like that.

Many of the small incidents that happen, good or bad, we are able to handle without too much trouble or assistance. But when a big problem or sorrow comes, we can't swallow it; the size alone is too much, to say nothing of what it would do to our insides.

That is when we need to turn to our loving God, who is greater than any problem or sorrow. We must trust him to help us wrestle, chew at, and discard the bad or tragic.

And if our faith is strong, God will help us to find or develop some good from the situation. That is the hard thought to believe and hold on to.

When life is a struggle, or full of sorrow, it is often difficult to find that reliance on God's goodness. Sometimes we even blame God, though we know in our hearts that his will is always for his children's good. We get angry at God. He's big enough to take that, and to understand. It's earthly situations, human error, poor choices, and just plain accidents that cause our troubles. God is always there to listen, comfort, and help us through. Then we need to look for that kernel of blessing that can result, the good God promises if we love him and work within his purposes.

Another translation of the Bible verse reads: "In all things God works for good." Our part is the trust and faith and love for him. When it seems that all you have from life is the husks, the refuse, look to God for help in finding an eventual, positive outcome.

One Moment, Please... The Economy - Part 2

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



Cars. Cars. Cars.

They've been a part of my life ever since I can't remember. As a young boy, my dad let me pick out a Matchbox car quite often when we paid a visit to a store that offered them. Little did he know I'd be leaving them ..... 
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The swine flu saga continues

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



Much has been made of the new "swine flu" because it is very similar to the virus that caused the pandemic flu of 1917-1920. That flu is estimated to have killed between 50 and 100 million people around the world. Only remote islands were sp ..... 
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The Sotomayor hearings were hardly 'oversight'

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



Over four days of hearings into the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked her 583 questions. Yet when they were done, we knew little more of importance than we did at th ..... 
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One moment, please... The Economy - Part 1

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Commentary

It goes without saying that the state of our economy has impacted the lives of many, my immediate family included.

Within my own family, people have lost their jobs, taken on second jobs due to underemployment as a result of company cutbacks ..... 
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Health Care Fatigue Syndrome

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I fear we may all die from an overdose of health care discussions. It would be good to die from it because if we just get sick from it, there remain 48,000,000 of us without health insurance.

This endless conversation with no agreement about ..... 
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Our responsibility: sacrifice now for a better future

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

A few weeks ago on June 26 the US House of Representatives narrowly passed the Waxman-Markey bill (H.R. 2454). It is formally dubbed "The American Clean Energy and Security Act," which concentrates on energy efficiency, conservation and the replacem ..... 
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Healthcare swan song

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

It's pretty frustrating to be interested in health care reform and live in Southeastern Minnesota. Minnesota has been one of the most progressive states in giving its citizens health care safety nets. I feel like I'm preaching to the choir while the ..... 
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One Moment Please: Don't ruin a good thing for families

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Congratulations to Harmony for their outstanding July 4th parade! I especially enjoyed the cavemen of Niagara Caves -- very creative and entertaining.

Probably the only thing that was a concern was while I was videotaping the entire parade t ..... 
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