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23rd of November

Giving Thanks When Grief is Fresh on Thanksgiving


Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.   I Chronicles 16:8-11   While meandering down our country road, a Northern Harrier flies over the just-cut


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16th of November

How to Consume Life-Giving Lamb


I ate the lamb shank—the lamb I ordered—Sunday night. For those of you who are vegetarians, I’ll try to be sensitive.  Truth is, I found that shank extremely tender and tasty. Still, I wonder if I ought to partake of an animal that was “sacrificed” for my sake. Why can’t I even eat a tasty lamb dinner without thinking of the spiritual connections? Maybe the answer has something to do with the fantastic, nine-month study


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19th of July

That Dang Dog!


How many lessons CAN one learn from a dog?  Well, since DOG is GOD spelled backwards and I happen to LOVE dogs (especially MY dogs), I find myself always asking GOD to speak to me through my DOG.  Sure enough, GOD does!  Not the same as speaking through a donkey, I suppose, but pretty dang awesome, if you ask me!  So here’s the story of the week from the farm dog.  Pretty funny looking back,


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30th of June

Sicker Than A Dog


I was sicker than a dog last week.  That is, until my dog got sick the day after. I think I poisoned myself with some bad beef.  Not pretty.  Next morning, I read the directions on the package . . . Eat within 5 days after opening. I did the math, in the aftermath of my porcelain thrown-hugging purging.  If my calculations were correct, I ate that beef on Day 21 instead of on Day


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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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15th of March

How Can I Trust God?


  She told me . . . I don’t know if I can trust God.  I’m afraid He’ll hurt me like I’ve been hurt before. This young woman, sitting in my office years ago, was one of many seeking therapy.  They had been hurt badly in relationship from their earliest memories on.  People who professed love often didn’t act very loving.  In fact, those who should be most trustworthy turned out to be see-saws of


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3rd of March

When You’re Faced with The Unexpected, Expect Joy


Life consists of lists.  Surely, we can all list our stresses.  Surely, we can all list our joys. We can offer a litany of complaints.  We can offer our lips to give thanks. Our loving God invites us to cast all our cares onto Him, because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). Truth is, our good Lord told us we’d have trials and that in our trials He’s still good. But how do the


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16th of November

My Personal Post-Election Lament and Encouragement


Influenza did me in before the election. For four straight days, I was literally sick and tired. When not sleeping, which wasn’t often, I just prayed. I prayed for my health. I prayed for my family and friends. I prayed for our country and our leaders. In fact, I’ve never prayed so earnestly about the presidency of our country than I prayed in those four bedridden days. How would I vote? I wrestled. I waffled.


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17th of October

How Can We Turn Away from Such a Great Love?


Leslie Leyland Fields  is a multi-faceted, precious jewel—brilliant, wise, accomplished,  humble, and generous. She has been part of her family’s Alaskan commercial salmon fishing operation for decades on the edge of a continent. For the past four years, she has welcomed writers to her Alaskan wilderness fish camp each summer, teaching how to create beauty with words and encouraging all.  She fillets wild salmon pulled from the surf each day and serves it to her guests as gift.  Mostly, I


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12th of October

When You Need Lasting Peace and Solid Hope


 Which one should I choose? Back and forth I went on Sunday night, wondering. Who would get my vote?    Who would win?  Who would lose?  I was kind of beside myself with the choice set before me. I could choose only one! So, I chose to watch the debate instead of the Packers. Nearly killed me. For one, because I’m more than kind of a Packers fan. I’m one of those nuts who will


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1st of July

When The Sky Is Dark and the Rain Comes and You Wonder If You’ll Ever See the Sun Again


The Spirit of the Lord is on me,  because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. Luke 4:18-19 The thunder rolled. And so it goes . . . Near-perfect stretch of summer days followed by overcast. And then, clouds moved fast last


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27th of June

At the End of My Rope and What Came Next


So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 I have a love/hate relationship with spiritual growth.  Actually, I prefer to do things I love.  I prefer to do things I’m good at. If spiritual growth were easy all the time, I’d be cool. But when I’m stretched


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