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21st of June

Fear Not—An Invitation to the Freedom of Dependence


The men in my life are laying out clothes, filling up containers, packing enough for five days of their ten away in two cities where terror has struck again—London and Paris.  And they’ll be standing on the beaches where some other mother’s boys landed and turned the waters red at the same ages as our sons—19 and 23.  They’re going to witness history and pay their respects. Will my husband and sons return? Our daughter


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6th of April

Dust to Dust And The Peace that Comes with Letting Go


They carried her to the altar, their mother.  They carried her, all ash in a small wooden box. They covered her with a white cloth, embroidered with a cross.   A cross.   Where Christ paid for our ultimate reconciliation—restored relation between holy God and sinner.  Between sinners and sinners . . . All watched as the two brothers carried her, their mother, the one who once carried them in her womb, knit together by


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11th of January

Sacrificial Love and Letting Yourself Be Held By the Very Able Hand of God


Anne asked me.  Said she needed me to come. Her past few phone messages in my voicemail sounded different—not quite desperate but certainly bold in expressing her request. “I need to see you.” Five strong words. Does a new diagnosis of Alzheimer’s do this to a person?  When you’re 69?  Do you suddenly wonder how long you’ll have before your world closes in on you and you even forget those you hold most dear?  Do


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2nd of November

When You’ve Loved and Lost and You Need Another Miracle


MaryAnn Lammers smiled through her tears as Pastor gathered our attention during after-service coffee downstairs. “Today is MaryAnn’s 63rd wedding anniversary.” Only, MaryAnn’s love went to glory last year right before Christmas. Her heart still cries for her loss—63 years of walking as one and raising a house full of kids. When heart and soul are knit together by God, the grieving doesn’t end when the casket closes and the people go home and you sit


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Why?
20th of June

Why?


Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 Why? What’s the answer? I wonder. Consider the whole story of life, starting with a snippet . . . Watched a movie last night about the tragedy in Benghazi, four years ago, two months before the presidential election. 13 Hours.   (Click on the 13 hours above and receive a free trip


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This Happy Little Hippie Thinks You Might Need a Good Laugh
27th of May

This Happy Little Hippie Thinks You Might Need a Good Laugh


Some folks think I’ve got a warped sense of humor.  Like Nick, for example.  He’s 18, so of course I don’t expect a teenager to get my sophisticated kind of funny.  I suppose that’s why he doesn’t laugh when I bend over and one rips, accidentally of course, and I apologize for the fact that my sphincter muscle is aging.  I explain to him that I’m almost 57 and folks my age with my certain


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Glory Hunting
19th of May

Glory Hunting


I wake to the the sun streaming on my side of our bed.  A new day. My first thoughts?  A prayer formed from words in Lamentations about hope in the midst of affliction. Oh God, because of Your great love we are not consumed, for your compassions never fail.  They are new every morning.  Great is your faithfulness!  And then I roll over and face my husband, his eyes just opening. His first words? “I


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The Power of Three
13th of April

The Power of Three


Three deaths. Three funerals. Three weeks. A trinity of holy. 35 years old.  Husband.  Father of three.  Killed in a car crash. 62 years old.  Friend.  Sister of one of my best friends.  Heart attack. 88 years old.  Ministry partner for years. So how can such suffering, so close together, be holy? All are grieving, some knowing God, some wondering. Everyone wonders, I think. Does God exist? If God exists, does he care? If he


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23rd of March

A FAREWELL FOR JO (AND THE HOPE FOR US ALL)


My dear friend Nancy, my neighbor, lost her sister Jo Monday night. 62 years old.  Vibrant wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend. Heart attack.  Alive in the morning.  Gone by night. There’s agony here around this farm, this Holy Week, as we march to Maundy Thursday, the day our Lord wept in a garden as he faced a cross the next day.  Tears are running, dropping here.  Hearts are breaking, aching here.  There will be no


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Some Thoughts on Dying When You Feel Like It and the Hope That Stops You
23rd of September

Some Thoughts on Dying When You Feel Like It and the Hope That Stops You


It is late September. The sugar maple is tinged with fire, a burning mix of orange and red and yellow, engulfing the green. Honking Vs of geese fly over the barn. One yellowed leaf curls on the grass. Three Sandhill cranes lift off alfalfa field, warbling their way into the air, a trinity created by the holy. Monarchs en route with the cranes flutter above fields glowing with purple aster and goldenrod. How is it


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Ticked Off But Moving On
19th of February

Ticked Off But Moving On


Tick.  Tick.  Tick. The time ticks off the clock. It’s 2 AM and the Florida moon is an illuminated sliver on its side. The screen bends the light into a cross slicing straight through the center.  I want to grab that moon by the tail and swing as a child, my curls swaying along with the sundress Grandma sewed for me when I was four.  I can see it still, the pastel-striped seersucker covering my


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Dead Mouse
28th of March

Dead Mouse


How to live like you’re dying . . . I found the body of a deceased mouse in our barn today.  Alive and well one moment, in the feline fangs of death seconds later.  Flat and gray, stretched out stiff on cold concrete, there he lay. Did the mouse think about how fragile life is before it was caught? Do we? Do we realize that at any moment, our life breath can be snuffed out


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