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The Fifth Commandment

The Fifth Commandment

“Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land That the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20.12 In that time and place very few people could read or write. It was a traditional, oral culture in which knowledge and lore were memorized...

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The Fourth Commandment

The Fourth Commandment

“Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.” Exodus 20.8 I lived in Massachusetts when the state legislature voted that stores and businesses could be open on Sunday. Legislators were very vocal in promising that under the new law no one would be fired for refusing to...

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The Third Commandment

The Third Commandment

“You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, For the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.” Exodus 20.7 Many of us are more familiar with the King James Version of this Commandment. “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in...

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The Second Commandment

The Second Commandment

You shall not make for yourself an idol, Whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, Or that is on earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.” Exodus 20.4 As noted yesterday the Israelites were an island of monotheism surrounded by cultures...

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The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20.1-2 When Israel received this commandment at the foot of Mount Sinai, they had recently been freed from slavery. After...

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Birds

Birds

Maybe it is just my friends, but I have been seeing a lot of posts about birds lately. One friend posts exotic birds that are rarely seen. They are so magnificent. Many wonder if they are real birds or if she was fooled by someone posting made up pictures. Other...

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Bruno and the Magic Table

Bruno and the Magic Table

Once upon a time there was an old man named Bruno who took great pride in preparing the younger generation to meet life’s difficulties and challenges. From time to time Bruno offered wise and worldly advice on how to prosper in life; how to read people; how to look...

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Masks

Masks

The practice of wearing masks has evolved as more was discovered about the Covid. However confusing the advice was initially, by now the science is settled. Masks prevent the spread of the virus. Let’s hear from some experts: “The science is unanimous. If we all wear...

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Exiles

Exiles

These are troubling and confusing times. The pandemic seems to be winding down in some places, while in other places it seems to be spreading exponentially. Medical advice keeps changing. First, nobody needed masks. Then, due to a shortage masks were to be reserved...

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Small Kindnesses

Small Kindnesses

When my daughter Grace was a little girl she gave me a small philodendron plant for my office. Philodendrons do very well in low light, which was good because the office window was stained glass. The plant did very well in that light. When I came to Elmwood, of course...

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Juneteenth

Juneteenth

“On Thursday the National Archives located the original handwritten “Juneteenth” military order informing 250,000 people held in bondage in Texas that they were free.” (Boston.com) “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the...

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