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  1. Jean says:

    Great word. Thank you!

  2. Al says:

    Oh wow. I’m in tears. What a great article. Thank you.

  3. Dallas says:

    Thanks for the encouraging words.

  4. AA says:

    Great message to start the morning.

  5. Al says:

    Never had an advocate like what you describe Jesus as in my life, not in present human form.

    I try to be that advocate for others sometimes, but I fail at it, though I would do what you describe that mom doing for my kiddos, I would do whatever it took and wouldn’t blink or grow weary in doing it.

    I do feel that Jesus is that advocate, in feel that in my spirit. Always have to one degree or another, even when I’ve been the Prodigal.

  6. Dan from Georgia says:

    Good words Michael! Often I have felt alone and even despised and hated by some people, even fellow believers. This is a great example of what an advocate is and does!

  7. Babylon's Dread says:


  8. JoelG says:

    Thanks for this encouragement Thoughts fight against this.

    “You’ve let your advocate down”

    “Where is your advocate? There is only silence.”

    “What have you done for your advocate after what He’s done for you”

    Boy do we need this reminder.

    Thank you.

  9. Paige says:

    Beautiful. Thank you.

  10. Michael says:

    Thanks for all the kind words…I hope that it encourages a bit.

    The boys mom didn’t advocate for them because of their behavior, but because of relationship.
    Thank God that Jesus advocates for us on the same basis…

    I’m going to be offline most of the day…pushed it too hard and did myself some damage.
    Thankfully, I have an advocate…

  11. Owen says:

    Michael, thank you for such an encouraging message. And I am glad to hear the boys are home and well.
    Take care of yourself. You have my prayers.

  12. The Dude says:

    Yes we do have an awesome advocate.Enjoy your birthday today.

  13. Al says:

    Happy Birthday Michael! Get some rest my friend.

  14. Al says:

    PhxP Bucket List: Take a trip to Oreegon, take Michael to dinner and a drink in Grants Pass, fly to the ABQ, attend a service at Dreadly’s and do the same dinner and drink thing, go to an LA Dodgers game with MLD. Thank each of them for putting up with me for many years now and for being good men and good voices in my life and others.

  15. London says:

    It’s your birthday??!
    Hope it’s a good one!

  16. Nonnie says:

    Al, it is blessing my heart to see what you have written the last few days (weeks). God is so faithful. I’m so glad there is a renewed joy and hope in the words you are writing. God bless you.

  17. EyesOpenedHeartBroken says:

    Thank you so much. I can’t adequately express the perfect timing and order of the words. He is good indeed. Glad He doesn’t punch a time clock. I’d say at this point, I should really consider the OT He’s had to put in for me. Well said sir and again, thank you so much.

  18. Linnea says:

    Love this, Michael…so glad the boys are home and well.
    So glad you have this perspective to share with us.

  19. Al says:

    Thanks Nonnie, as you know it’s been quite a roller-coaster for me, but I can’t help but love Jesus and know that God is there despite all the crap that goes on in church and done by some of its pastors and leaders. We’ll all need grace and mercy, myself very much included. Lots of reasons to not believe, lots of reasons to believe. At the end of the day, the spiritual is not an intellectual exercise, it’s a feeling, a sensing.

  20. mike quesada says:

    Another beauty, Michael.
    Thanks, and blessings, and happy birthday!

  21. Em ... again says:

    #19-“At the end of the day, the spiritual is not an intellectual exercise, it’s a feeling, a sensing.” it travels both circuits, i think…
    what we cannot do is figure God out… and that is hard to accept for a lot of us, so in the end, yes, i guess we fall back on appreciating Him and what beauty we can see

    the wisdom that is being shared here lately on his web-site is a gift to Michael, i think … his labors bearing fruit?
    May it have been a God blessed and peaceful day today for Michael

    i am blessed by so much of what i read here – thank you, Michael and thanks to your commenters also

  22. J.U. says:

    Ditto what Nonnie said at #16. When I first came on this blog (a few years back — time flies when you’re having fun) Alex and MLD were both very gracious in welcoming me.

    I don’t comment often, but I read here almost every day. I’ve seen changes. Many for the good. Some conflict and questioning is good for the mind as well as the soul, but I like to see people come to peace with their beliefs. Peace seems to be a rare commodity in this day and age.

    May the peace of the Lord, which transcends all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

    And let me add my heartfelt good wishes to Michael and his family.

  23. Xenia says:

    A belated happy birthday, Michael!

  24. Michael says:

    Thank you, Xenia!
    Thank you, J.U.!

    I actually rested most of the day, so it was all good. 🙂

  25. Cash says:

    “The boys mom didn’t advocate for them because of their behavior, but because of relationship.” That really says it all, doesn’t it?

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