Author Archives: Deacon Rick

About Deacon Rick

I am a retired Deacon in Lakeland Florida.

Someone in a tree

I want to make a confession. And I’ll get to it in awhile. First, let me tell you about a writing assignment I’m working on. It is a set of short daily devotions on the Gospel of St. John to … Continue reading

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Good Eats

I spend lots of time online these days, both writing and surfing subjects of interest to me. Some are serious, like various Bible teachers and devotionals I read and listen to. Others are ways for me to pass the hours … Continue reading

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43

Today is our 43rd anniversary. 40 of them were “normal.” The last three have been different for both of us. I had a stroke. Melanie contracted Lyme disease. In different ways, each of us has experienced a serious loss of … Continue reading

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Indifference

A friend and I were discussing events in our lives that we did not like or want. After he left, I went internet searching for something on the Ignatian idea of “indifference.” I found this blog by South African chemistry … Continue reading

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Asleep

Jesus told some of his critics the only sign he would give them was “the sign of Jonah.” Jonah was three days in the belly of the fish. Jesus would be three days in his grave before rising again. Matthew … Continue reading

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Sparky

A few years ago I posted a short observation that Melanie later included in her book Listening For His Voice: Why do a VBS (alias Vacation Bible School)? This story is to encourage you, the reader, to make sure your … Continue reading

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Sometimes it takes a while

I have had the experience of reading something I wrote get published as a devotional in The Journey and have it slap me in the face when I saw it in print. I posted this example on my Facebook page … Continue reading

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