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Grounded in Faith

A word waltz

The old man catches me in the back of the sanctuary, where I’m straightening church bulletins, pencils and childrens’ Quiet Bags. He shuffles his feet, asks how Bible memory is going for the Sunday School children. But perhaps he’s asking if I’m hiding verses in my soul, too? His name is Helmer.…

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A “Cat’s in the Cradle” moment

I stood in the ocean on the coast of California and reflected on my life; where I’ve been and where I’m going. It was a rare moment to connect again with God through his creation and the vastness of the open waters and beautiful sky. I don’t know why but I seem to finally be able to put the pieces of life together when I look out over…

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Where you’ll find holy ground

It was just after dawn on Sunday morning. I was washing raspberries at the kitchen sink, and thinking ahead to Monday. My friend Paula had spent the weekend with us, and when she came into the kitchen, she startled me with her gasp. “Jennifer!” she cried out. “Look. Look outside!” I lifted my eyes to see what Paula saw, while…

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A wood-carved valentine

I ask the world’s most obvious question: “All right, who did this?” I jab a finger at the letters carved into the back of the wooden kitchen chair: A N N A Anna’s older sister chimes in first, rolling her eyes for dramatic effect. “I recognize those backwards Ns anywhere,” she says. Anna’s fork falls with…

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Battling insecurity

Rosie, the matriarch of our little country church, scooted through the crowd and down the center aisle to find me before the postlude even began. “Can you bring a dessert to the church supper Friday night?” she asked, pressing a pen into my hand. She held up a clipboard, and I froze before I looped the first curve on my cursive J.…

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What will Heaven be like?

“I wonder what Heaven will be like,” our older daughter says, staring out the window of the car, with her hand propped on her chin. She’s staring at clouds. I turn on my blinker to change lanes and reach the exit ramp toward home. Our younger daughter is buckled in behind me and blurts out the first answer:…

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Having the faith to make ‘The Call’

There’s not too many things we can be absolutely certain of in our lives…. Yet here’s one truth we can know for sure – there will come a time when we’ll have to make a decision. We’ll have to say yes or no, to take one path or the other. When we make that call some people may pat us on the back and praise us, but

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August 28 1963; MLK Day

It’s August 28, 1963. Hundreds of people are soaking their feet in the Reflecting Pool in an attempt to cool-off.  It’s a normal mid-summer day but the body heat of 250,000+ people is causing an abnormal spike in D.C.  The cool marble of the Lincoln Memorial mocks attendees who have spent months marching to its steps.  It’s…

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I want to be a crab for Jesus

Joe came into my church office in south Louisiana many years ago just to say hello. Before he left, he handed me the plastic, souvenir key chain that was about the size of a coffee can lid. It looked like the type of large key ring that you would get when you wanted to use the restroom at a public service station and they wanted to make sure…

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