Category Archives: reflections

convenience

We live in a world that strives to make things easier. We have machines that process, plant, pick, prepare, produce, and even purchase on our behalf. Tasks and chores, once done daily by our great-grandparents, are now mechanized, all in … Continue reading

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Broken glass

Our farm has had only three other owners before us. Two owners were from the same family, the third was a stranger. The stranger did not know the history of the house, the hours, the sacrifices, the stress, the joy, … Continue reading

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all we need

Tonight many people will gather at their houses of worship to remember the Last Supper shared by Jesus and His disciples just hours before He was betrayed. Hymns and choruses will be sung, prayers will be spoken, and a sense … Continue reading

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if, then

It has been easy to forget this is¬†Passion Week¬†and we are less than 48 hours from Good Friday. I found myself re-reading John 15, some of the last teaching Jesus would give the disciples before going to the Cross. He … Continue reading

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artistry

I had the chance to go to the Art Institute while I was visiting family in Illinois. Of all the museums in Chicago, it is my favorite. The visitors treated each gallery much like a sacred space, silently taking in … Continue reading

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The women

I arrived at my folks’ house last night around 6:30 p.m. after driving for nearly twelve hours through five states. It was wonderful to walk in their back door and holler, “Hello,” and be greeted by a whooping sound as … Continue reading

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Make me an instrument

I had a conversation today with a woman who was very upset about things not working as she planned. I listened to her vent and I acknowledged her feelings, even agreeing that they were valid. As we discussed resolutions for … Continue reading

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Circles of friends

Yesterday I was talking with a young man in his 20’s and we were discussing life choices. He asked me if it was difficult for me to make friends since my perspective on what was important was so different than … Continue reading

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A fallow season

Over the years, a farmer plants thousands of crops, often rotating crops to allow the ground to restore the depleted nutrients. Sometimes crop rotation isn’t enough and the farmer must leave the ground to fully rest. In Nebraska, where I … Continue reading

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Presumed strength

Years ago, my mom was hosting an extended family meal and needed serving tongs for a couple dishes. As the meal progressed and the dishes were passed around the table, the plastic tongs cracked or broke, one by one, under … Continue reading

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