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Preparing to Go -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Luke 9:51-62 -- David Kalas -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2019
I have just recently returned from an out-of-town trip, and as I read our selected passages for this
No turning back! -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Luke 9:51-62 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2016
I suppose if everyone decided to take literally this story where Jesus rebukes the man who wished to
Commitment -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Luke 9:51-62 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2013
When Louis Pasteur was researching the deadly anthrax virus, he found that once a cow that had the d
Now departing -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Luke 9:51-62, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- David Kalas, Schuyler Rhodes -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2010
I'm sure you've heard it many times, just as I have.
Passing the mantle -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Luke 9:51-62, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2007
Just about any time I find myself sitting in a pew rather than standing at the pulpit during
Get it straight -- get it right -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Luke 9:51-62 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2001
One of the echoes reverberating through a young child's mind (and an adult's memory) is that of Moth
Freedom -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Luke 9:51-62 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 1998
If we had walked the streets of, say, Richmond, Virginia (or Philadelphia, or any number of other co

Children's sermon

The Immediate Word

The Demands of Freedom -- Luke 9:51-62, 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2019
For June 30, 2019:
Fit For The Kingdom -- Luke 9:51-62, 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2016
At first glance, Jesus’ actions in this week’s lectionary gospel passage hardly seem like those we u
Tony Soprano's Kingdom Dilemma -- Luke 9:51-62, 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2013
The entertainment headlines this week have been dominated by the shocking news of actor James Gandol
Transitions -- Luke 9:51-62, 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2010
As we journey through life, it seems we find ourselves in a series of transitions.
The Journey From "i" To "thou" -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Luke 9:51-62, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- Roger Lovette -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Introducing the Texts

Devotional

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Proper 8 / Pentecost 6 / Ordinary Time 13 -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2009
You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted

Illustration

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Sermon Illustrations for Proper 8 | OT 13 (2019) -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Luke 9:51-62 -- Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2019
2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 8 | OT 13 (2016) -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Luke 9:51-62 -- R. Robert Cueni, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2016
2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 8 | OT 13 (2013) -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Luke 9:51-62 -- Ron Love, Mark J. Molldrem, Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Scott A. Bryte -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2013
2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14
It could sound like Elisha... -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- Bob Ove -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2013
It could sound like Elisha was being tested.
Halo Nation is a video game... -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2013
Halo Nation is a video game franchise that has as a basis for its storyline a responsibility
NULL -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2010
The musical Side Show is about Violet and Daisy, Siamese twins from a freak show.
NULL -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2010
I was in my sophomore year of high school in Kansas City when Lamar Hunt, owner of the Dallas franch
NULL -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Luke 9:51-62 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2010
Illustrations2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14
The eighteenth-century Polish rabbi... -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2007
The eighteenth-century Polish rabbi, Baal Shem Tov, began what would be called the
Mr. Holland's Opus is a... -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2007
Mr. Holland's Opus is a touching movie about a music teacher who spent 35 years
The Old Testament lesson tells... -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2007
The Old Testament lesson tells of one of the most sensational transfers of power from the
Isaac Newton, looking back over... -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2007
Isaac Newton, looking back over his achievements said, "If I have seen further than
You remind me of another... -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 1995
"You remind me of another pastor I know."
My daughter came home from... -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 1995
My daughter came home from school one day and said to me, "What would you do if you had ten million
Kids just loved to watch... -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 1995
Kids just loved to watch Fred Marshall come into a room.

The Immediate Word

The Demands of Freedom -- Luke 9:51-62, 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2019
For June 30, 2019:
Fit For The Kingdom -- Luke 9:51-62, 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2016
At first glance, Jesus’ actions in this week’s lectionary gospel passage hardly seem like those we u
Tony Soprano's Kingdom Dilemma -- Luke 9:51-62, 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2013
The entertainment headlines this week have been dominated by the shocking news of actor James Gandol
Transitions -- Luke 9:51-62, 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2010
As we journey through life, it seems we find ourselves in a series of transitions.
The Journey From "i" To "thou" -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Luke 9:51-62, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- Roger Lovette -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Introducing the Texts

Preaching

The Immediate Word

The Demands of Freedom -- Luke 9:51-62, 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2019
For June 30, 2019:
Fit For The Kingdom -- Luke 9:51-62, 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2016
At first glance, Jesus’ actions in this week’s lectionary gospel passage hardly seem like those we u
Tony Soprano's Kingdom Dilemma -- Luke 9:51-62, 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2013
The entertainment headlines this week have been dominated by the shocking news of actor James Gandol
Transitions -- Luke 9:51-62, 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2010
As we journey through life, it seems we find ourselves in a series of transitions.
The Journey From "i" To "thou" -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Luke 9:51-62, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- Roger Lovette -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Introducing the Texts

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Proper 8/Pentecost 6/Ordinary Time 13 -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Luke 9:51-62 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day
Proper 8 -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2003
This is one of those texts that remains almost totally incomprehensible to the congregation when it
Proper 8 -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Luke 9:51-62 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2003
Seasonal ThemeJesus' acts of compassion and teaching ministry.
Proper 8 -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Luke 9:51-62 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 (C)

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Proper 8 / Ordinary Time 13 / Pentecost 3 -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Luke 9:51-62 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day

Sermon

The Immediate Word

The Demands of Freedom -- Luke 9:51-62, 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2019
For June 30, 2019:
Fit For The Kingdom -- Luke 9:51-62, 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2016
At first glance, Jesus’ actions in this week’s lectionary gospel passage hardly seem like those we u
Tony Soprano's Kingdom Dilemma -- Luke 9:51-62, 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2013
The entertainment headlines this week have been dominated by the shocking news of actor James Gandol
Transitions -- Luke 9:51-62, 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2010
As we journey through life, it seems we find ourselves in a series of transitions.
The Journey From "i" To "thou" -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Luke 9:51-62, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- Roger Lovette -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Introducing the Texts

SermonStudio

Seeing A Chariot Of Fire -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2009
I think that we are in a battle for the soul of the church.
The Smell Of Bread -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- Stan Purdum -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2006
One of the most popular television shows ever was M*A*S*H, which ran for eleven seasons, from
Completing The Master's Work -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2003
Classical music provides some significant examples of great musical compositions that were never fin
One Fired-Up Preacher! -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- Robert Leslie Holmes -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2000
Norval Christy was fifteen years old when he agreed with the Lord that everything he possessed was a

The Village Shepherd

To Obey Or Not To Obey. That Is The Question. -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
A seventeen-year-old motorist was killed recently.

Stories

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Keeping Your Eyes on Jesus -- Luke 9:51-62, 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2019
Contents“Keeping Your Eyes on Jesus” by Peter Andrew Smith
Great Faithfulness -- Luke 9:51-62, 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2016
Contents "Great Faithfulness" by Peter Andrew Smith
Picking Up The Mantle -- Luke 9:51-62, 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- C. David Mckirachan, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2013
Contents"Picking Up the Mantle" by C. David McKirachan
The Plow -- Luke 9:51-62, 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- Keith Hewitt, Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2010
ContentsWhat's Up This Week "The Plow" by Keith Hewitt
Do Not Submit -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Luke 9:51-62, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
A Story to Live ByDo Not Submit
Confidence In Crisis -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Luke 9:51-62, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- Argile Smith, Constance Berg, John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
ContentsWhat's Up This Week "Confidence in Crisis" by Argile Smith

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Guiding Angels -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2006
When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, "Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken f

Worship

The Immediate Word

The Demands of Freedom -- Luke 9:51-62, 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2019
For June 30, 2019:
Fit For The Kingdom -- Luke 9:51-62, 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2016
At first glance, Jesus’ actions in this week’s lectionary gospel passage hardly seem like those we u
Tony Soprano's Kingdom Dilemma -- Luke 9:51-62, 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2013
The entertainment headlines this week have been dominated by the shocking news of actor James Gandol
Transitions -- Luke 9:51-62, 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2010
As we journey through life, it seems we find ourselves in a series of transitions.
The Journey From "i" To "thou" -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Luke 9:51-62, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- Roger Lovette -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Introducing the Texts

SermonStudio

Proper 8 / Ordinary Time 13 / Pentecost 6 -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Luke 9:51-62, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2009
Zoos are no longer in people's good graces. Religion faces the same problem.
Proper 8/Ordinary Time 13 -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2006
First Lesson: 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14Theme: Take Up The Mantle
Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Luke 9:51-62 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2003
Proper 8/Ordinary Time 13 Sunday between June 26 and July 2 inclusive
A Double Share -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2000
Call To Worship
Prophets of the Lord -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 1997
Call To Worship
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  • Bending Toward Justice by Dean Feldmeyer — The story of Joseph illustrates that while God does not always act in bold and dramatic ways, and the arc of the moral universe may be long, it nevertheless bends toward justice. A pertinent message for us, today.

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Peter Andrew Smith
Luke stared at the stack of papers sitting in front of him. The last thing he wanted to do was close the Good Shepherd Ministry. He dreaded having to put out the press release saying that they were out of money and were no longer able to minister to the street people in the city. He knew that as soon as word got out all the people they had helped and the people in need would come looking for answers. He didn’t know what he was going to say to them. Truthfully, he didn’t know what to say.

“Hey neighbour,” Fran put a cup of coffee in front of him.

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Wayne Brouwer
Once when Henrik Ibsen, the Norwegian playwright, was traveling in Rome, he noticed a crowd of people gathered around a large red poster. They were talking rather excitedly among themselves about the message it announced, so he reached into his coat pocket for his eyeglasses. Only then did he realize that he’d left them back at his hotel.

So he turned to the fellow next to him. “Sir,” he said, “could you please tell me what that sign says? I’ve forgotten my glasses.”
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Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
Martin Luther was a Roman Catholic monk who considered that the Church of Rome was corrupt. On October 31, 1517, he posted his famous 95 theses on the door of the church at Wittenberg, inviting a debate on the issues that concerned him. This led to the German Reformation, or better known to us as the Protestant Reformation.

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Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:
After he had been deep in prayer, Jesus was able to walk on the sea. In our worship today, let explore the relationship between prayer and God's response to us.

Invitation to Confession:
Jesus, sometimes I dismiss prayer as not working, yet I know I've never really prayed as you prayed.
Lord, have mercy.
Jesus, sometimes I can't believe in miracles, yet I know I've never really prayed as you prayed.
Christ, have mercy.

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The call came on a Sunday after church just as we were sitting down to lunch. "Eric's vital signs are dropping. We think this may be it. You'd better come." It was the Palliative Care Nurse, one of the dozens of hospital and hospice staff people who supported Eric and his family over the five years he lived with bone cancer. She met me as I came in the door of the hospice where Eric had lived for five months -- a much longer stay than most of their patients who usually died within weeks.

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Good morning, boys and girls. Do you know what a hard-boiled egg is? (Let them answer.) I brought two eggs with me this morning. One is hard-boiled. When I crack its shell I can eat it. The other is not hard-boiled. It's like Humpty-Dumpty. When I crack it, it will break. Sometimes your parents may give you a hard-boiled egg for lunch. When they do, you trust them that it is really hard-boiled. Your parents wouldn't give you an egg like Humpty-Dumpty, would they?

It is very important that you can trust your parents. When you

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