March 2, 2010

Good News: Miracle Substance Repairs Teeth



     I was talking with my elderly neighbor while my eighteen-month old sister Cynthia, fifteen years my junior, was sitting on the cement sidewalk playing. Suddenly, I noticed her putting something in her mouth. I dashed over the lawn to reach her, to prevent a catastrophe, little thinking about the fact that the neighbor’s were watering their grass. My feet slid out from under me.

     I hit the pavement chin first, coming up bleeding and swollen, looking like I’d been beaten in a gang war.

     I don’t know what happened to Cynthia. Perhaps the shock of my head landing beside her made her drop the item she was about to put in her mouth. I must have lifted myself up and grabbed her before dashing into the house, where I made certain she was safe before I checked my injuries. Behind the lip my teeth had sunk into were two broken front teeth.

     It was days before I could eat anything that wouldn’t flow through a straw, and several weeks before I looked human again.

     Two things remind me of this event today. First, it’s March 1. Cynthia’s 52nd birthday. Second, I came across a newspaper column by Joe Markowitz*. He wrote in celebration of “a moment of (more…)


A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 12



Monte Holland

This is the twelfth in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To start the study, click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction or

To view yesterday’s A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 11

Today’s photographs feature St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Munich, Germany. One picture is the stairwell to the church tower, which offers magnificent views of Munich. Both Monte and our son, Nolan Holland, are looking up from the stairway. To view click on:


A. Relating to God: Our relationship with God is unique for two reasons. First, our relationship with God is like no human to human relationship. Second, we are different from any other human being.

Having said that, today let’s review our relationship with God:

1.      Recall Proverbs 10:9—fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. We stand in awe of God and do all we can to learn about God and God’s Creation.

2.      We keep the first four commandments to the best of our ability. We worship God. We thank God. We refrain from worship of material possessions and our accomplishments. We keep God’s name out of evil thoughts and speech. We struggle to be more faithful to the spirit of the Sabbath.

3.      We go about our business, all our routine activities, with a fuller sense that we are created in God’s image and that all we do sends a message to others about God and our relationship with God.



Exercise A: Select one thing to change to improve your relationship with God. (e.g. What can you do that will make God more pleased with you? What can you do to (more…)

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