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speaking

This week has gone by slowly and I have reached my limit on speaking. My job requires me to speak throughout the day and by the time I leave, I feel like my words have completely been drained. I don’t … Continue reading

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Hide and seek

This time of year is difficult for a number of my friends. They struggle with memories of loved ones who have passed away. Others struggle with a table that will have one less person due to a broken relationship. People … Continue reading

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It’s beginning to look a lot like. . .

There are only three weeks until Christmas Day. The snow is no where to be found and the temperature this morning was 61 degrees. It’s hard to imagine the postcard images of snow covered pine trees and ice skaters skimming … Continue reading

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swallowed up

Today I spoke with a man who was struggling with many losses. He spoke and I listened as he told of loss after loss, worry and wonder at how he would find any kind of help. At the end of … Continue reading

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Carry on, carry on

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2). Usually when I hear this verse, I think of praying for people in need. You know, the usual prayers of healing from injuries … Continue reading

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on opera, marriage, and keeping it simple

For the past few days I have been listening to German operas at lunch. I have enjoyed operas since I was in junior high and stumbled on the The Barber of Seville on the local PBS station. There is something about … Continue reading

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If you’re happy and you know it . . .

I had the day off yesterday. I spent it working at home, doing household chores and tasks that needed to be caught up. Having made my To-Do list, I began with collecting laundry, changing the sheets, cleaning the bathroom. You … Continue reading

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orphaned no more

When someone is described as being an orphan, the image of someone without parents, protection, a home, or security immediately comes to mind. A small child in tattered rags, no shoes, often in a third world country surrounded by squalor … Continue reading

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slaves no longer

As I have been reflecting during this past weekend, I have heard these words whispered intensely in my ear, “You are a slave no more. ” I remember the pain of Jesus on Good Friday, being whipped, beaten, and killed … Continue reading

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give it up

This past Wednesday began the season of Lent. I didn’t grow up in the Catholic or Lutheran church, so Wednesday was another day on the calendar. Nothing more. I saw a few people with an ashen cross marking their foreheads … Continue reading

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