Charlie Van Dyke
Posted March 25, 2014 by Charlie Van Dyke in Meditations
By Mike Wade

Ever been audited? I have…twice. Good sense of humor on those IRS-types. They seem to enjoy chuckling at the “proof” you brought in to justify all those write-offs. They really get the giggles drawing big red circles around everything you’ll be paying penalty and interest on. Good thing I had my checkbook with me because the penal... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Posted March 21, 2014 by Charlie Van Dyke in Meditations
By Mike Wade

My parents were married on Valentine’s Day. I can remember when I was a kid my dad had a set of tiny foreign language dictionaries. They were English-to-Spanish, to-Russian, to-French…five in all. He once wrote my mother a love note with each word in a different language. As the years went by I knew where the small set of green le... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Posted February 3, 2014 by Charlie Van Dyke in Meditations
“When I was alive, I believed — as you do — that time was at least as real and solid as myself, and probably more so. I said 'one o'clock' as though I could see it, and 'Monday' as though I could find it on the map; and I let myself be hurried along from minute to minute, day to day, year to year, as though I were actually moving from one place to ... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
As a hospital chaplain, I often ask patients, “What are you praying for?” Surprisingly, they don’t always ask for healing and homecoming.

Over the years, I sometimes paraphrased their answers into written prayers and invited the patient to post it for all to read. Today I want to share two prayers written by terminally ill patients.


There m... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Where Is God?
Posted January 22, 2014 by Charlie Van Dyke in Meditations
God is in the compassion you feel when those around you are in pain.

God is in the tingling sensation you feel in your heart when you are near someone you love.

God is present when you look in the mirror and really see yourself and smile.

God is in your body when you throw your arms in the air and claim victory over a challenge.

God is in the t... read more
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