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15 Oct, 2015

Legacy and Cherry Pie

Our legacies are not autobiographies, long-winded and chronological. Rather, they are fragmented compilations of moments—mostly little ones—that mean something, that continue to give after we are gone. Rolling out pie dough, pinching it into the sides of the pan, and pouring the tart cherry mixture over it, I smile and think of her. My husband will never meet my great-grandmother this side of heaven, but when I serve him a piece of her pie or a stack of her pancakes, he experiences her legacy of hospitality, of offering something sweet and tasty to those who are hungry.…

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12 Oct, 2015

Wipe the Shame Off Your Face

I, like all of human creation, am a gaze-shifter. My intentions are always admirable; I intend to follow the Lord, and I set out to run after him, eyes fixed on his face. On my way to him, though, there are undoubtedly alluring distractions along my path. I tell myself I’m still running toward God, looking toward him, but in reality, my eyes drop a bit. I shift from focusing on the Highest of Highs, to looking eye-level.…
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01 Oct, 2015

From Where I'm Sitting

Here we are in a popular, nice restaurant—a whole group of women from our church waiting to go to a women’s conference session this evening.  We have all just arrived, thrown our suitcases into our rooms, and headed out to dinner before the first session.  Things are great, until the service is slow.…
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24 Sep, 2015

A Reflection for Ordinary Time

When I don't actively intervene in my thought life, I am distracted all day by whatever is loud, whatever is urgent, whatever is convenient, whatever is flashy, whatever is on sale, whatever happens to be in front of my eyes.  At the end of the day, I am no closer to the God of peace than I was when I began.…
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