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12th of April

What Happens When the Hurting Seek Help


He comes up to me and leans in close to my ear. Will you pray for me? Of course, I say as I look into his eyes starting to well with tears. He reaches into his pocket and pulls out a handkerchief, dabs both his eyes, and with trembling voice tells me straight . . . I don’t feel God’s love.   Instinctively, I reach out and wrap my arms around this silver-haired man in


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10th of February

Left and Right Wings (Raw Writing–Unapologetically Unedited)


I flew to St. Martin on the day of the presidential inauguration.  Leaving my home at four in the morning with a negative six degrees Fahrenheit freezing my bare ankles, I drove forty-five minutes south and parked my car in Remote Lot A.  Thankfully, the airport shuttle had just arrived at the shelter.  A young woman and I boarded, the only two in the vehicle, sitting across from each other, shivering. “Where are you headed?”


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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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7th of December

To Have and Hold Hope


“How can you sit and listen to people in pain all day long?” People often asked me this question when I worked as a therapist. Truth is, I viewed my job as a privilege to sit face-to-face with people in great inner pain, holding hope for them when they could not hold hope for themselves. Because HOPE is what we all need, isn’t it?  Hope for today?  Hope for the future? Hope is the fuel


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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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31st of August

On the Edge, In a Wilderness


I’m flying far away Friday. Off to Alaska to an island surrounded by ocean teeming with fin whales and sea lions, salmon and otters. Flying off to write and to learn to write better. Flying off to take a breaths under expansive sky, to visit dear friends, to meet and make new friends. Flying off to the edge of a continent and eating the fish pulled from the sea each day. I am thankful for


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True Church
6th of July

True Church


  Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:17 Started in the fields yesterday, early afternoon, church on the farm. Ended up in the barn at 9:45. PM. Longest church I’ve ever witnessed. Don’t know if anyone here knew they were at church or in church, but I still say it was church just the same. That farmer up the road rambled down with his haying equipment late morning and


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9th of June

When You Don’t Get What You Want


I’ll admit it right here for the whole world (or at least my tiny slice of cyberspace) . . . I’m not exactly happy about the fact that God hasn’t answered some of my prayers the way I’d have liked.  In fact, I’ve been more than a little ticked about hearing “No” or “Not now” from time-to-time when I’ve prayed in earnest. Sometimes I feel like God is downright unfair.  (Notice I said feel?  I


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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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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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When You're Afraid Your Vacation Will Bite and What Really Makes Life Rich
14th of January

When You’re Afraid Your Vacation Will Bite and What Really Makes Life Rich


So here I am, on vacation with my husband—sans kids—in Mexico. I’m grateful for some time away to relax. However, the sun I paid to see decided to take a hike during the exact same week! Just plain disappeared the day after we arrived and left us a thick blanket of cloud with some rain as an added touch. And then there’s the wind. Red flag is waving on the beach where the surf is


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When You Feel Like The Edges Of Your Life Are Crumbling And You Need Solid Anchors
21st of October

When You Feel Like The Edges Of Your Life Are Crumbling And You Need Solid Anchors


I stood on the edge of a cliff wondering whether the rock would hold me if I ventured too far to the edge. From my high vantage point, I could see the vast array of autumn colors and the large lake down below—Devil’s Lake. I saw men and women with ropes anchored in rock, thrown from the heights.  These ropes, these anchors in rock would hold them securely as they made their descents and ascents.


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