Hopefully devoted

In her care and devotion for others, my Gram embodied love. She embodied Jesus. And her love and devotion brings to mind for me the Apostle Paul’s reminder to the early church to “be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves” (Romans 12:10). On being hopefully devoted.

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Leaving a shameful past in the past

Sometimes, just like we can’t get past our embarrassment about lagging grades, we can’t get past the stains of our past. Sins can feel like a bad report card grade, can’t they? Like they’re on your permanent record, blazing bright for all the world to see, like a scarlet letter or a stamp that says “no good,” “worthless,” “shame on you.”

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Finding holiday joy after a loss

Today will be my first Thanksgiving without two important people in my life. With all the focus on family gatherings, their loss hits hard this time of year.

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On thirsty turtles and living water

We found him in the backyard of our house when we were doing a final yard cleanup before our move—a huge brownish-black turtle burrowed deep in the overgrown grass where my box garden had once been, dehydrated and desperate. A reflection on thirsty turtles and living water…

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