Author: Rod Anderson

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Hanging on the dining room wall above our Thanksgiving table is a beautiful needlepoint representation of “Grace” created and gifted to us by a sweet elderly woman, who is now deceased. I’m sure it’s familiar to many, but few will know that it is the official Minnesota state photograph. Because its story is worthy of remembering and repeating at Thanksgiving family gatherings, I’m providing it for your convenience. May it inspire gratitude in your heart and that of those with whom you share Thanksgiving.  The following article on “Grace,” the Minnesota state photograph, first appeared in 2015 on Mnopedia, an…

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In the morning, when I arrived at the senior living community where I’m chaplain, a work crew was already at the main entrance redoing and renewing all the landscaping with new plantings and mulch. Immediately, wise advice given to me years ago by a creative church consultant friend popped into my mind. “Renew and refresh the landscaping around the front of your church frequently,” he said. “It’s the first impression first-time visitors receive about your congregation.” First impressions are lasting impressions, and we never get a second chance to make a first impression. This is a common-sense truth that may…

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