Mark Saucier
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The other day I asked my 5-year-old granddaughter how she liked school. I got a tight smile and a dash of devil in her eyes. She put out her fist with her thumb extended. She turned it parallel to … more
It is dark to the west. Rain is not as much threatened as promised in the silence of the sky and the stillness of the leaves. It is not a storm, more like nature just needs a good … more
The Pharisees tried to get Him on taxes, but Jesus went all Solomon with His “Render unto Caesar.” They thought they’d take another shot — this time with the law. A scholar asked the … more
An amazing thing about Scripture is its ability to be perennially new. Even the most familiar passages can offer insights that we have never considered before. All we have to do is to be … more
“Out of the depths I call to you, Lord; Lord hear my cry.” I thought of Psalm 30 when we were visiting Carolyn’s 99-year-old father at his Utah nursing home. It was sung by … more
My father-in-law died, 16 days shy of his 100th birthday. For a while, he seemed to be aiming for that elusive century mark, or maybe it was just the rest of us loading all the hope for our own … more
Leaving the airport, I pulled to the side of the street to get my bearings. I studied my many options on the signs ahead, then the harbor to my right caught my eye. The water lapping against … more
Walking into the obstetrics unit, I noticed a young bearded man kneeling in the corner of the waiting room. He sat back on his heels, lips whispering words, and then leaned to touch his forehead to … more
I remember my grandmother, seeing someone down on their luck, saying, “There but for the grace of God go I.” I doubt that she knew that was attributed to John Bradford, a 16th-century English … more
It began as an upset stomach, devolved into a blockage, and resulted in the removal of a mass from my colon.   God has a way of getting our attention. My first lesson was trust. I … more
In addition to the hours of cooking, schlepping of kids and casseroles, and biting your tongue at an in-law’s political rant, Thanksgiving is our one national day of giving thanks. That is a lot … more
I’d guess he’s a student by the bookbag on his back and his usual proximity to the university. He is tall, thin and black — none of which would normally call attention or capture … more
On a day of good faith, it occurred to me that I am in almost total agreement with Jesus. One might think that a good thing, but I know me. If I am agreeing with everything that Jesus says, then … more
We spent a month — no, it was a long weekend — caring for some of our grandchildren while their parents were out of town. There were four of them, 5 and under, abetted by a dog. There were only … more
Three people had died and were waiting at heaven’s gate for their papers to be processed. Making conversation, St. Peter asked them what words they would like to hear as they lay in their … more
It has been an unsettling few weeks as the specter of abuse and cover-up once again raised its ugly head. Sin demands the light of day. Without it, those acts or omissions fester and rot, … more
I went to a Christmas party the other evening. Like most seasonal soirees, the food was tasty and plentiful. The conversation was lively, engulfed in laughter. But, there wasn’t a drop of … more
With God, like all great comedians, it’s all about the timing. For us who appreciate the divine act, it’s all about waiting. Zechariah and Elizabeth knew about waiting. For years, … more
A seafaring captain in Mark Twain’s Following the Equator tells of an Arctic voyage so cold that the mate’s shadow froze to the deck and had to be ripped loose by brute strength. With wind … more
The woman standing at the podium, notes in one hand and tissues in the other, confessed that long before the drugs and alcohol, she wanted to be a teacher, wanted to make a difference. It was … more
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