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Beethoven and Kislev

Beethoven was born on December 17th, 1770. Right away, I noticed the sevens and looked up the date on the calendar for that year. His date of birth fell on the 7th day of Chanukah (Hanukkah) in the Hebrew month of Kislev. (Although Hanukkah always begins on the 25th day of Kislev, that date can fall anywhere between late November and late December on the … Continue reading Beethoven and Kislev

Friends who shine like the Son

I went to visit some dear friends a couple of weeks ago. I love these people. I love their hearts and how they have done missionary work in poverty-stricken countries. I love how they don’t have much money, but what extra they do have, they use to buy Bibles for orphans in Malawi or put a roof on a church that literally has an open … Continue reading Friends who shine like the Son

Willy Wonka and Soul Shine

What can healthy people learn from the chronically ill or those with disabilities? I want to show you something extraordinary, but you’ll have to take some advice from Willy Wonka and his fantastic quote. ‘Strike that, now reverse it!’ Roald Dahl, the author of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, has many hidden gems– so many indeed, I’ll be sprinkling them throughout. Yes, strike out what … Continue reading Willy Wonka and Soul Shine

Taste Your Words–Healing of the Soul

Sticks and stones may break bones, but words can crush the heart. A word spoken in anger, disgust, and hatred can go deep into our bones and take decades to heal from. They are shot like arrows into our hearts. Even the words we speak about ourselves are damaging. Loving our neighbor as ourselves is difficult if we are constantly bashing our temples and the … Continue reading Taste Your Words–Healing of the Soul