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Be a Peacemaker

Our words are powerful. They have the power to become building blocks or wrecking balls. As the late Dr. Arthur Caliandro, pastor of Marble Collegiate Church, said. “You can never know that your words will be received the way you intended them to be.” We do not know what the other person has experienced.

As the long summer days heat up so does the political rhetoric. Inflammatory words can often spark unintended consequences. Our nation seems to be experiencing one horrific tragedy after another. It is time for us to step back, take a breath and realize that we are all in this together. Black lives matter. All lives matter equally. We need to approach each other with open hearts, open hands and an attitude of respect.

People of good will can turn this deplorable situation around. We can learn from our previous mistakes. Offer a kind word instead of a shrill voice. Offer an outstretched hand instead of a fist. Be a peacemaker.

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Thankful Thursday – Rev. Jerry Wagner

On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for the gifts that the Rev. Jerry Wagner brings to my life. Jerry and his wife, Pat, are friends we met at Chautauqua through Bob and Jane Russell. Jerry is a minister in the United Methodist Church. Last year there was a big bash to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination. He is a graduate of Lycoming College where he worked his way through. He worked nights on the newspaper staff where he became an excellent writer. His wonderful speaking voice, his excellent communication skills, and his understanding of human behavior have made him an in demand speaker and conference leader. He is also one who is called upon to smooth troubled waters and to shepherd a troubled congregation. He has a wonderful sense of humor and is an incurable punster. Pat is long suffering through all of this and often tries to bring him back to reality. Pat and Jerry came over to Williamsport so the six of us could have dinner together when Carol and I were visiting the Russells recently. The three men often eat breakfast together at the diner when we are at Chautauqua. Jerry has a wonderful perspective on the Scriptures and is a walking encyclopedia about all things Methodist He always has an interesting perspective on difficult passages. We missed seeing Pat and Jerry when we were at Chautauqua this year. They are very special people.  On this Thankful Thursday I am blessed by the gifts that Jerry Wagner brings to my life. He is a remarkable servant of God and man.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to honor someone who is special to your life and to let him or her know of your gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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168 Ways To Communicate Better Now – 114 – 115 – 116

114. Trust.

It builds relationships.

It creates harmony.

It is prized by everyone.

It builds community. 

115. Use silence effectively.

Silence can be nourishing.

Silence promotes a sense of well-being.

Silence can be a sign of strength.

Silence often speaks louder than words. 

116. Use vocal inflection.

You won’t bore people as often.

You’ll create interest.

People will follow your points more easily.

 

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