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9th of January

Gray


“Everything’s gray since she died,” Mother explained quietly.  Death’s stiff brushstrokes slapped thick, opaque gray on her inner canvas already stretched thin from her own fight with cancer.  Granddaughter Clara, now motherless and not yet two, brings splashes of life-color, but fleeting. More often, Mother’s gray sky days cloud full and eyes pour rain sheets.  Her daughter is gone.  Gone.  Like a balloon adrift, rising to the heavens, watched until eyes ache to spot and


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27th of October

Run


Saturday I cried.  Our son Zach, now 18 and a senior, ran his last high school cross country race.  I got quite the workout cheering for him since cross country is not for bleacher spectators.  Running from point to point along the course, I screamed, “You can do it, Zach!  Give your last your best!”  As he turned the bend and headed for the finish line, he poured out all he had left with heart-pounding,


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15th of October

Emotional


7:30 a.m.  Driving Nick to tutoring across country roads this October morning gave me a front row, prime time seat to a spectacular show of autumn color in Wisconsin.  No place I’d rather be.  The golden tasseled corn fields were blanketed in patchy mists of fog being burned off by the bright orange egg yolk of a sun rising over Lake Michigan.  I absorbed the view and allowed the beauty to absorb me—every part of


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8th of October

True Love


I have a rather, um, LARGE, friend who names his favorite food groups with a chuckle—donuts, Cheetos, and beer.  Lucky for him, he’s now 57 years old and has managed to avoid any serious health problems.  I suppose that’s because, occasionally, he makes one of those yummy green bean casserole dishes with fully fatted mushroom soup and a huge helping of those extra yummy fried onion rings that come in a can.  I suppose frozen


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29th of September

Cut


There she lay, stretched out and quivering on the grass at dusk, death hovering like a salivating, ravenous beast ready to sink its fangs once more and steal her last breath.  Barely conscious, in excruciating pain, she would welcome the end.  The savage attack began hours before.  Those around her scattered quickly as the attacker from within advanced.  And then it began.  The first kick caused a pain-filled squeal.  The second caused retreat.  The attacker


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Stunned
21st of September

Stunned


When will they ever learn?  For the second time this morning, a female sparrow flew beak-first right into our west-facing, floor-to-ceiling windows.  BANG!  In the kitchen when the crash occurred, I walked rapidly to the family room windows and witnessed the poor creature flailing her wings while lying sideways on the deck.  Should I go out and end her misery?  I hate to watch creatures suffer.  I waited a few moments and saw the sparrow become


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15th of September

Crippled


2 Samuel 9 begins with David asking, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” King Saul was dead; so was Jonathan, Saul’s son and David’s best friend.  David was intent on honoring his promise to show kindness to all of Jonathan’s descendants.  What transpires in 2 Samuel 9 is a beautiful picture of David’s provision for one who could not provide for himself.


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24th of June

Dented


I can’t believe it!  My husband just came upstairs and informed me that our brand new Toyota Highlander has a big dent on the rear passenger side.  We bought this car less than a month ago and already it’s deformed!   Since this is our third car in a row with a noticeable indentation, I figured that God must be calling me to relay  some important spiritual message.  His name appeared on my caller ID so


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23rd of June

Dive


I was 26 years old on that balmy summer evening in Indiana.  Gathered with close college friends at a family cottage on Lake Maxinkuckee, we sat on the outside terrace under the moonlit onyx sky studded with stars as if God had emptied an immense bag of perfectly cut diamonds onto his black velvet jeweler’s fabric.  We reminisced about college days and laughed about our midnight runs to Skyline Chili, just off campus at the


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20th of June

Waste Management


We live with six horses.  Big animals.  Big appetites.  An average 1000 pound horse produces approximately 9 tons of manure annually.  That’s about 50 pounds daily, times six for us.  We decided to deal with our massive waste management challenge by creating a spot next to our barn where we could dump and tend to our horses’ “leftovers” by composting. Every day, we wheel loads of manure from the horse stalls and dump them into an enormous


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13th of June

Family Functions


Family functions—and sometimes it doesn’t.  Sometimes, at the hands of family, we find ourselves, without warning, in spiritual, emotional, intensive care units not within hospitals but within wells and prison cells.  Such is what happened to Joseph.  The most favored son in his family, Joseph relished his position and, either from naiveté or pride, unwisely revealed his dreams of grandeur to some family members.  Ah, family!  The ones with whom we want to share our


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11th of June

William the Outcast


I met William at our son’s first high school cross-country meet on one of those perfectly warm, sunny Indian summer afternoon with leaves just beginning to turn.  As I observed Zach interacting with William, I saw two kindred spirits—both friendly and kind, but socially awkward and idiosyncratic.  I silently repeated one of my favorite clichés—“birds of a feather flock together”—and thanked God for providing Zach with a new friend. WARNING:  FEROCIOUS EGO-BEAST ABOUT TO BE


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