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We were concerned when our... -- 1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12 -- 1991
We were concerned when our eldest daughter headed off to a university nearly 1,000 miles from home.
The shadows were lengthening over... -- 1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12 -- 1991
The shadows were lengthening over the 18th hole as the two older gentlemen sipped their soft drinks
The time came for even... -- 1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
The time came for even the great King David to "go the way of all the earth" and die.
I spent several years in... -- 1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
I spent several years in graduate school studying with a man who became another father to me.
Reading this scripture, I wondered... -- 1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
Reading this scripture, I wondered what fathers are teaching their sons these days: prepare for a po
I am about to go... -- 1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
"I am about to go the way of all the earth."
-- King David (1 Kings 2:2)

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