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Faith

Mark Your Calendar for Best Friends and Best Men

February 20, 2006 | By | No Comments

Cross Post from Jack Yoest

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You are invited!

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Three Dog NightYou are invited to Washington DC’s hottest rock and roll party.

The Best Friends Foundation presents

“Do You Remember When

Rock Was Young?”

6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 2006

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC 20008

Featuring live performances by:

Three Dog Night:

Joy to the World,

Mama Told Me

Sister Sledge

with lead singer Kathy Sledge

We Are Family

Don’t miss this fun night of great music, great food

and great company which benefits the girls and boys

in the Best Friends and Best Men programs.

No speeches, no auctions. Just come dressed to dance!!

Proceeds from this annual event are the primary source

of funds for the Foundation’s elementary and middle school

Best Friends and Best Men programs and the high school

Diamond Girls Leadership and Best Men Leadership programs.

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Sister Sledge with lead

singer Kathy SledgeSecretary of State Colin Powell says:

I always present the Best Friends program as one of the answers to the problems we have in our society…it is a winner, and I know that many more communities will be embracing it.

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When Giving Thanks is Hard

November 24, 2005 | By | One Comment

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John Donne

Holy Sonnet: XIV

Batter my heart, three-personed God; for you

as yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend.

That I may rise and stand, o’erthrow me and bend

your force to break, blow, burn and make me new.

I, like an usurped town, to another due,

labor to admit you, but, oh, to no end;

reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend,

but is captived and proves weak or untrue.

Yet dearly I love you and would be loved fain,

but am betrothed unto your enemy:

divorce me, untie or break that knot again,

take me to you, imprison me, for I,

except you enthrall me, never shall be free,

nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.

The Butterfly

August 20, 2005 | By | One Comment

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Picking up the theme of searching for God. . . and finding him, Maxed Out Mama writes a deeply personal story of her own spiritual journey. And she points us to another story of answered prayer that I have thought of many times this week since I first read it.

Sadly, Kobayashi Maru has just learned this week that his brother has a recurrence of leukemia, and the doctors are telling him he will not live to see Christmas. In the midst of his anguish, KM shares a remarkable story of hope and comfort:

My brother asked the priest an age-old question: what is this prayer thing? what am I supposed to do? how do I pray? The priest replied: prayer is like catching a butterfly; do not struggle and run after it; be still and it will land on you. Nice metaphor, he thought. Beautiful.

Priest leaves. Ten minutes pass. My brother sits quietly. My sister-in-law comes home with my niece who runs in the door ahead of her. Without saying a word, my niece runs to her toy chest, opens it and pulls out… a stuffed butterfly… and sets it gently in my brother’s lap. “Daddy”, she says, “I want you to have this because I love you very much.”

Life’s purpose

April 13, 2005 | By | No Comments

Paul Hogue, over at My Dogs Are Smarter, has written a nice response to my piece on suffering. (Check out the dog pic on his profile page – very funny.)

His observation that “God cares more about me–the real me: who I am in relation to who He wants to make me,” reminded me of an interview I recently read with Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life:

Life is a series of problems. Either you are in one now, you have just come out of one or you’re getting ready to go into another one. The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort. God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy. . .

I used to think that life was hills and valleys – you go through a dark time, then you got to the mountain top, back and forth…I don’t believe that anymore. Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it’s kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life.

No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on. And no matter how bad, things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for. You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems.

Here’s Warren’s site. I hadn’t realized that I subscribed to the “peaks and valleys” philosophy. But I did. . . even though my actual experiences are closer to the parallel track he describes: there is always something to be thankful for.