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Illustrations

  • Tact

    J. Michael Shannon
    In a classic “Peanuts” comic, Charlie Brown is warned that all the girls are angry with him.
  • Influence

    J. Michael Shannon
    In New Brunswick, Canada, the Bay of Fundy presents a remarkable sight.
  • Gratitude

    J. Michael Shannon
    You can always find a reason to be thankful, even in difficult economic times.
  • Fatherhood of God

    J. Michael Shannon
    Recently there was a story on the radio about a bank in Pennsylvania that has never had a foreclosure.
  • Communion

    J. Michael Shannon
    There is a legend among the gypsies of Eastern Europe that Roman soldiers were sent out to find a blacksmith to forge four nails to crucify Jesus.
  • Church

    J. Michael Shannon
    Thomas Edison thought the phonograph he invented had little commercial value.
  • Acceptance

    J. Michael Shannon
    The marvelous book Marley and Me has been a publishing phenomenon. It was recently released as a major motion picture. John Grogan told the true story of how his family came to love a very complicated dog that misbehaved often but was filled with happiness and love.
  • Spiritual Disciplines

    J. Michael Shannon
    If you travel to Canada’s Thousand Islands region you can visit Boldt Castle, or what is left of it.
  • Service

    In the comic, “Motley’s Crew” a young man tells his father, “Hey Dad, I just signed up to audit a class in philosophy over at the college.”
  • Reconciliation

    Someone recently passed this story on to me. It is a story about two brothers. They lived on adjoining farms, but they had a deep quarrel.
  • Mistakes

    Many people love the sweet confection called Milk Duds. It was, however, the product of a mistake.
  • Marriage

    Some years ago the comic strip “Small Society” showed a man talking to his wife. He is saying, “Of course you’re my valentine."
  • Identity

    According to a Ripley’s column, the country of New Zealand rejected the following names for babies:
  • Friendship

    Columnist Bob Novak was stricken with a malignant brain tumor and wrote of how it had changed his life.
  • Example

    Two men were walking through a downtown area. One of the men pointed to a passing stranger who was walking down the street and said, “That man is a soldier.”
  • Christmas

    J. Michael Shannon
    The Queen of England has two birthdays. Her actual birthday is April 21, but the decision makers wanted to celebrate it when the weather is more pleasant, so her official birthday is the second Saturday in June.
  • Christmas

    J. Michael Shannon
    Under the Julian calendar, Christmas fell on Jan. 6. When the new Gregorian calendar came into use, Christmas was moved to Dec. 25; but some in Britain kept celebrating it on Jan. 6.
  • Christmas

    J. Michael Shannon
    One of the great mystery stories of G.K. Chesterton is entitled The Man Who Was Thursday. Jesus is the “man who was Christmas,” for Christmas is embodied in a person.
  • Christmas

    J. Michael Shannon
    The late Dr. Ward Patterson had a varied career as a writer, campus minister and college professor. As a young man, he determined to seek adventure and travel around the world on a motorcycle.
  • Christmas

    J. Michael Shannon
    In a Native American community, they have an interesting custom.