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by Mark Brunner

 

Devotions inspired by living with trees.

 

72 pages, softcover–This Passing Day, 2019  $7.99

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The ‘Holy Grail’ of super glues

When we think about the wonderful work of the Holy Spirit of God, it is sometimes good to think of it in terms of stickiness. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day. It takes a special hand to deal with glue! Some are born to handle the sticky and others not. I am one of the latter lot. While, like most men, I find the physical properties of most binders intriguing, in that there are few occupations more rewarding than being able to repair the unrepairable with a simple dab of glue, I have always belonged to the class of men of aspire to glue but are not able to truly work with it. There are two endemic problems with glue that tend to keep me from grabbing the t

Spiritual myopathy

God scouts out our paths long before we travel them. I often think that’s how God’s Holy Spirit works in our lives. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day. Oh that dreaded sign! “Caution–Men Working!” Normally I am pretty good about planning out my day and making sure that there is enough time to get the work done on schedule and get to the places I need to get to on time. People who know me know that I am seldom if ever late. I like to build a cushion of time into every trip just so I can get there with a few minutes to spare and, perhaps, have enough time along the way for the unexpected. There is one thing, however, that neither I nor most drivers that are pl

Take one down and pass it around

Why are there so many discouraged Christians today? Why aren’t they sharing in our “passing” encouragement? My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day. “Take one down and pass it around, ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall.” Although this wasn’t one of those endearing songs to dads on vacation and school activity bus drivers, it was a ditty that we sang without invitation since there wasn’t a kid who didn’t know it or didn’t like singing it despite its sometimes irritating refrain and terribly long duration. I don’t know the origin of the song or in specific how long it has been around. I know that it was well-known to my parents who might join in on occasion wh

Making the best of a best

Sometimes, when someone has done their best but the best isn’t good enough, it’s best to put ourselves into their problem and, because it’s the right thing to do. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day. “I did my best, really.” With tear-streaked face and bit lip, the little boy looked up at his stern-faced father. In his hand he held the remnants of what was supposed to have been a box kite. But, what was supposed to have been a neatly balanced craft of tightly bonded paper, taught string and crisp balsa wood angles was anything but. The little boy thought he could do it. The directions seemed easy enough. All you needed was a scissors and some glue. But, what

Following the rain

There are those people who avoid contact when others are hurting. It’s as if they sense that whatever it is that they have, they don’t want it to get it. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day. There is that precious, opportunistic moment when a gentle hand by a touch on the shoulder is able to magically remove the sting of failure from the midst of defeat. There is something about a shoulder that invites attention when we are slumped in sorrow, embarrassment or exhaustion. Shoulders drop when the heart aches. Shoulders stoop when the head falls. In this sense they are the signpost by which others must know there is a disaster brewing within. The funny thing ab

A pat on the head

Life is full of people who do great things as well as people who do small things. The fact that your gift might never make the headlines doesn’t matter to God. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day. Everyone seems to have a purpose; but what is mine? Do you sometimes wonder just what your calling in life is? For some it seems pretty obvious. Don’t you just envy those people who because of their strong personalities and unbounded wisdom make such wonderful leaders? They’re able to grasp just about any situation in life, determine what is needed, collect a team and then push forward to the goal, never looking back. Or, you may know someone who is real- ly good wi

Nobody ever tells me that

Look for someone today who needs to experience God's love through you. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day. When was the last time you went out of your way to encourage someone? Here’s a story. Recently I stopped at a local sandwich shop with my wife to buy a sandwich and enjoy an hour or so of quiet time together. Sandwich shops, like any other “fast” food establishment, have their front-line people. It’s the smiling face at the cash register that greets you with a “May I help you?” and finishes with “Your order will be up soon.” The cash register person has a tedious job. They deal with people who don’t know what they want and need help. They deal with peop

Choose your color

We need to strive to put the negative events of the day into a perspective that we can govern so that these sometimes small events do not govern us. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day. I remember reading recently about a soldier who stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan. The soldier lost his left leg in the explosion. He spent months in a German hospital and then returned home to the United States. Over the course of the next few days he journeyed homeward via military aircraft to his small hometown in western Colorado. When he arrived at the airport he was greeted by his family and tears and smiles were exchanged. Finally several reporters from area newspap

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