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Beauty In The Wake of Irma

Often you will hear me say we live in a beautiful yet broken world.  Sadly the brokenness surrounds us here in Bonita Spring, Florida.  Hurricane Irma was vicious and destructive.  Homes are still flooded, trees uprooted, electricity is still off for thousands, water needs to be boiled, and countless people are left wondering how they are going to survive.  The brokenness is visceral.  It smells.  It's overwhelming. Yet beauty still exists.  It came in the form of chain saws, cases of water, diapers and wipes, food, gas cans, propane, bleach ...
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Please Pray for Us!

I just got off the phone with our pastor in Bonita Springs, Florida.  He is kayaking around his neighborhood, his phone is about to die, there is no electricity, all the stores are closed, and he can't find gas for his car.  I can only imagine how overwhelmed he feels.  While the storm has passed, and it could have been much worse, there are many who still need our help and prayers. Thankfully, Brenda and I are safe and sound in New York with our family.  We have had neighbors ...
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Just One Taste

Can you remember a time when someone said to you, "Just one taste!  I promise you'll like it."  Slowly they dip a fork into their concoction, twirling the bite size morsel into the sauce with all the bits and pieces.  As they raise the sample to your mouth, your nose is working like a basset hound trying to determine if you will like it or not.  While no one else can hear your thoughts, you are very aware of the voices saying, "Don't eat it!" or "One bite and you ...
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We Have Needs Too

Rocky Balboa got it!  He didn't try to hide it; he didn't pretend; he simply admitted he had "gaps."  In fact, when asked by his brother-in-law Paulie Pennino why he liked Adrian so much he said, “I dunno, she's got gaps, I got gaps, together we fill gaps.”― Sylvester Stallone-Rocky Rocky understood having "gaps" is a part of what it means to be human.  No one is perfect.  Everyone has need.  We all have "gaps". Sadly we spend a great deal of time trying to convince ourselves and others that ...
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Together We Can Help Each Other

More often than not moms and dads who have enjoyed a weekend at David's Refuge ask the question, "What can I do to give back?"  Our normal response is to encourage them to develop a regular rhythm of respite so they can take better care of themselves, which means they will better be able to love and care for their children.  They quickly nod their heads in assent but once again ask, "No really, what can we do to help other parents experience the gift of respite?" It was that ...
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