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Saw God Lookin’ Out My Back Door


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Saw God in Shel Silverstein

Today my daughter had an accident at school that resulted in an ER visit and a diagnosis of a concussion.  She will be okay but she is feeling pretty lousy right now.  The treatment for a concussion is to “rest” the brain.  This means minimal brain stimulation…no school, no reading, no TV, no running, no jumping, no stressful activities.  To my very active and inquisitive child, this is torturous.  As she was resting on the couch telling me she felt sick but she was bored, one of her brothers came in and asked her if he could read some Shel Silverstein poems from the book, Where the Sidewalk Ends.  He proceeded to sit down and read her poem after poem.  I watched from the doorway and my heart was full. It had been a stressful afternoon at the hospital.  All was okay.  My baby was going to be fine.  Her brother was being a great brother. We were all together.  Thank you God.


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Saw God All Around Me

I See God daily in the amazing people who surround me!

John & Janet

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Saw God Pole Vaulting


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Saw God in Homeless Jesus

Patricia Montemurri Detroit Free Press4:45 p.m. EDT May 15, 2015
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It’s destined to become a sidewalk landmark in downtown Detroit.

The celebrated, sometimes controversial, sculpture known as “Homeless Jesus” will be installed and dedicated June 28 in front of Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Catholic Church, across from the Renaissance Center, the church’s pastor confirmed Friday.

“It’s going to be a great symbol for our city,” said the Rev. Gary Wright, who ministers at the parish, which operates a Warming Center program for homeless men and women. There will be a dedication ceremony for the sculpture at noon June 28, after the church’s 11 a.m. Sunday mass.

The bronze sculpture, created by Ontario artist Timothy Schmalz, features a life-size man lying on a 7-foot park bench. A blanket obscures most of the man’s body, but for the marks of Jesus’ crucifixion visible on his bare feet.

The sculpture, said Wright, “is a major art piece that is being installed in significant cities around the world and … really communicates the Gospel.”

“The message is to raise up the dignity of those in need,” said Wright. “The sculpture is a consolation and a blessing to the guests that we serve in our warming center. They can see their reflection in Jesus, and it calls to the rest of us to respond and to support the work.”

The sculpture will be placed on the concrete outside the church wall along Jefferson Ave. The Catholic parish’s property line extends to several feet of concrete sidewalk, said Wright.

Detroit Deputy Mayor Isaiah McKinnon Friday predicted the statue will become a beacon for citizens and tourists alike. McKinnon also said that the sculpture is being placed on the church’s private property.

“I think it will be one of the most visited spots in the city,” said McKinnon, who added he hoped the sculpture would inspire generosity. When the sculpture was installed in Buffalo last month, passersby left donations there. In Austin, the statue inspired the creation of a fund that raised $100,000 for the homeless.

Sculptor Schmalz first made the “Homeless Jesus” sculptures about three years ago, and they are cast and shipped from his studio in Xiamen, China. The sculpture has been installed in several cities in Canada, the U.S. and abroad. Pope Francis has lauded the sculpture and blessed a model of “Homeless Jesus” that Schmalz brought to the Vatican in 2013.

The Free Press wrote about the sculpture last month, — and the desire of a Detroit-born anonymous donor to bring the statue to Detroit, preferably to Ss. Peter and Paul church. An anonymous donor, who graduated in the 1960s from the University of Detroit Law School adjacent to the church, is paying Schmalz’ fee to bring the statue to Detroit, Wright said. The sculpture costs about $32,000, Schmalz has said.

After the story, Schmalz also met with pastors at other Detroit churches who were interested in the piece.

“The sculpture is meant to create awareness of the relation between spirituality and the least of our brothers, one of the greatest messages of Christianity, a message that is often overlooked in our western society,” Schmalz wrote as a comment attached to the online story

Other U.S., cities with the sculpture include Phoenix, Az.; Washington D.C.; Chicago; and Charleston W.Va. The small St. John Episcopal Church in Grand Haven, near the Lake Michigan shore in western Michigan, also installed the sculpture. Some have criticized portraying Jesus as a homeless man. When the statue was installed in Davidson, N.C., police received a call from someone who confused the sculpture with a vagrant.


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Saw God in Life

We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren’t old enough and we’ll be more content when they are.
After that, we’re frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage.
We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, when we retire.
The truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when?
Your life will always be filled with challenges. It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.
One of my favorite quotes comes from Alfred D. Souza. He said, “For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”
This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment that you have and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time…and remember that time waits for no one.
So, stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to school, until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds, until you have kids, until your kids leave the house, until you start work, until you retire, until you get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night, until Sunday morning, until you get a new car or home, until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter, until you are off welfare, until the first or fifteenth, until your song comes on, until you’ve had a drink, until you’ve sobered up, until you die, until you are born again to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy.
Happiness is a journey, not a destination.
Work like you don’t need money,
Love like you’ve never been hurt,
And dance like no one’s watching.
Author Unknown

Heather-Rochester, MI

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Saw God in “Special Person’s Day”

A couple of years ago, my children’s school started celebrating “Special Person’s Day”. This was a day where all the kids in the school could invite someone special in their life to come to church with them and then return to their classroom for a snack and some socializing. There are grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, friends and even coaches that come as a special person. My kids invited their grandparents. My middle son had a poem to share with his grandmother. She absolutely loved it.

“Dear Grandma,

Grandparents are angels
that carry us through
the toughest times, and the happiest too.

Grandparents are angels
that watch over us,
and lend support
when times get tough.

Grandparents are angels
with great big hearts,
who love and care for us
the way that we are.”


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Saw God in a Mother on Mother’s Day

Don–Warren, MI

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Saw God in a Son’s Prayer

Today I attended the funeral of a parent from our school and church.  He was only 50 years old and leaves behind a lovely wife and five wonderful children.  It was a beautiful service that celebrated this man’s life.  His 17 year old son wrote a beautiful prayer for his father.  Truly from the heart.

“Dear God,

Thank you for the memories that stroll arose our minds.

Thank you for the blessings that never cease to shine.

Love us as your children, Oh Father, Spirit, Son.

Let our Faith be never shaken and let your will be done.

Thank you for the wings that let our weary hearts fly high.

We might never know the resin and always question why.

But in our hearts we find your arms opened for us there.

Love ascending, heart is mending, a scar we’re proud to bear.



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