Roger Bothwell | Devotional
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Psychologists call them transitional objects. They provide safety and comfort for individuals going through a stressful situation. They are those wonderful tattered, worn teddy bears and blankets that accompany small children through a host of stressful transitions as they learn all about the...

There is a good reason labs are called retrievers. They just cannot resist chasing sticks. The excitement mounts when their masters pick up anything that can be thrown. They bounce up and down with eager anticipation. It is even better if...

Robert Burns said it best. “The best laid plans of mice and men aft go awry.” It was two weeks until Christmas. She had carefully put the charge for her husband’s Christmas present on a credit card they seldom used. She...

We enjoy poetry and prose that best resonates with our inner feelings. Such work draws us to reread or even memorize so we can carry it with us to give words to our inner feelings, longings, desires and anxieties. How often do we...

One of the rewards of aging is the ever-increasing inventory of memories. Housed inside our heads is a marvelous archive of people and places. The real joy of having memories is our ability to recall them in vivid color with surround sound. ...

Do you every wonder how it is that evil people and good people are members of the same species? The human mind is by far the most mysterious thing on earth. It sits behind the eyes and holds within its folds the universe....

When Robert E. Lee surrendered to U.S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse the Southern army had 200,000 well armed, well fed, well equipped soldiers. The Union army had not delivered a final fatal blow on the battlefield. Historical scholars maintain the war came to...

There is an old shell of what was once a triple story house in Worcester, Massachusetts. There is not much left of the third floor and the two lower floors have been gutted. In front there is a large sign that reads, “Quality...

A neighbor down the street who has a professionally cared for lawn stopped to chat with another neighbor who has intensely labored to also have a beautiful lawn. During the course of a short conversation the one from down the street told the hard...

In the classic film A Man for All Seasons a young man asks Sir Thomas More for an honored position. Sir Thomas tells him to “be a teacher.” The young man objects. If he becomes a teacher no one will ever think...