June 2013 - Archives

Listen for the Beauty by David Asscherick

Listen for the Beauty

June 7, 2013 | David Asscherick

Just the other day, while on my morning run, I had a rather sublime revelation. I get these “running revelations” quite a bit actually. Maybe it’s the increased blood flow, or the quiet time, or the aloneness of it all, I really don’t know. Whatever it is, I like it. Perhaps I’ll write more about these running revelations sometime, but for now I want to share with you one in particular that God showed me earlier this week.

The setting was at the Unity in Ministry Conference in Washington, DC. The timing of the conference, for me, could hardly have been worse. I’d just returned from a lengthy trip to New Zealand and Australia. My nights were days and my days were nights. Now I’m an eight-hour-a-night guy. Sure, I can survive on less, but I cannot thrive on less. So imagine how I was feeling when my hours of sleep per night, while at the conference, were four, six, zero, and four, respectively.

My lack of sleep put my …
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David Asscherick

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ALIVE, June 2013

The Hal

June 5, 2013 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

As a young college student I became quite attracted to the concept of health. Something clicked internally and I was into it. In class, I learned that the vast majority of what an individual might encounter in the hospital was lifestyle related. My healthy mindset centered on freedom from sickness and disease. If others had a cold or the flu was going around, and I managed to avoid it, I proclaimed myself healthy.

Then I got into nutrition and as I read and researched, my eating habits changed. I cleaned out the kitchen cupboards and fridge. My new definition of health meant eating only what I thought was good for me, and denying myself that which was not. After following the advice of a well-meaning landlord, I went through a “cleanse” from which I returned to school with sagging jeans and the questioning glances from friends. I may not have looked like it, but in my mind, I was valiantly pursuing health.

Sometime later, exercise came to the forefront. I …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
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In Praise of Simple Things by Jeffrey Rosario

In Praise of Simple Things

June 3, 2013 | Jeffrey Rosario

Last Friday, I was out of the country at a conference in Spain. My wife, Marianna, was driving to Portland with her brother and little sister. She noticed the steering was funny and then realized she had a flat tire. She randomly pulled into the first side street she saw and found herself in front of a mechanic shop.

But it was 7 p.m. on a Friday and the shop was already closed. The two mechanics inside had just finished sweeping and mopping the floor from a long day’s work. “Sorry, we’re closed,” said one of them. But then the other mechanic said, “I’ll fix it for you.” The other one whispered to him, “But we’re closed.” “I’ll do it for free,” he said. My wife was totally surprised.

 Cultivating an awareness of the practical needs of those around us is among the most basic virtues of the Christian’s experience.

I know it seems so small and simple. But that’s the point. That act of kindness lit her up. That …
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Jeffrey Rosario

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