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The prayers of the church

Recently I had the pleasure of worshipping in two small churches whose members took seriously the matter of praying for/about each other. These congregations were comprised mostly of older adults, good folks who genuinely loved each other in word and in deed. What I observed in both cases, though, gave me some pause. At the invitation of the pastor congregants offered prayer requests thatMORE...

Refilling evaporated purpose

Pursuing an identifiable mission, vocation or calling is good for you. *Some recent research has shown that a practiced sense of purpose contributes as much to longevity as exercise. Although the parameters of “sense of purpose” can be loosely defined, the conclusion of researchers was definite: **”Finding a direction for life, and setting overarching goals for what you want to achieve can helpMORE...

Diametrically speaking

A question from high school geometry: How many diameters are there in a circle? One answer might be “an infinite number”. Another might be “only one”. In the first answer, you’re thinking that any two directly opposite points around the perimeter of a circle could be a diameter. In the second answer, you’re responding that because any diameter is the same as all others, there is actually only oneMORE...

This writer’s mind

You may have noticed that these blogs have stopped coming your way regularly. If so, you deserve an explanation for the long silence. For the past two years, these blog entries have helped me hold onto a sense of purpose. Writing has always come easily for me—even though it has always been hard work. The presumptions by which I’ve operated are these: Someone somewhere—preferably older folks likeMORE...

Ageless wisdom?

As I head into the later decades of my life, I consider wisdom as one of the gifts of aging. Years of experience, countless relationships, unfettered time and still-bubbling curiosity can combine to bend my soul towards insightful living that could be useful. I think of it as ageless because I’m passing on the legacy of other’s knowledge. Most of what I consider wise comes directly from the mindMORE...

Full disclosure II

(In the preceding entry I shared my continuing vexation about our nation’s leader. Today I want to explore the possibility that there might something useful embedded in that too-frequent fretting.) Today I want to explore with you some ways in which being deeply worried could also compel me towards a life that’s practical and purposeful. See if any of these ideas match what’s inside in your ownMORE...

Full disclosure I

(Today’s topic requires more than one entry. First some observations about the matter of anxiety, and next time an exploration of what might be useful embedded in what appears to be a problem.) You’ve probably noticed the recent flurry of my anxiety-related thoughts. You deserve an explanation and perhaps some encouragement if this phenomenon is digging at the foundations of your well-beingMORE...

Lest I forget…

Every so often, I stand back from life’s noisy parade so that I can remember how I got this far. When I’m in that frame of mind, it doesn’t take more than a moment to realize (again) that I’ve arrived at this place in life in large part because of the sacrifices of others. Not just their help or mentoring or generosity. For reasons I may never know, these folks gave up or surrendered some ofMORE...

Just in case….

In these times, anxiety dogs me at almost every turn. When I feel that way it helps to be prepared for some of the possibilities that tempt me to overthink danger. Being ready for sudden difficulty with “just in case” knowledge and skills. I know I’m not alone—after its initial publication in 1999, The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook has grown into a series of over a dozen titles. PerhapsMORE...

Living with leaks

Now that I am “a person of a certain age”—a gentle euphemism for “older person”—I am aware how much leaking is going on these days. I’m talking personally here, not about political machinations but about the many ways in which my older adult body and spirit don’t hold together as tightly as they used to. My drooping facial musculature allows more drooling, allergies tell my sinuses to flowMORE...

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Bob Sitze

BOB SITZE has filled the many years of his lifework in diverse settings around the United States. His calling has included careers as a teacher/principal, church musician, writer/author, denominational executive staff member and meat worker. Bob lives in Wheaton, IL.

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