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Grounded in Faith

What it means to be merry

Decked halls. Festive parties. Movies full of Christmas miracles. Hope and joy in every heart, right? For many, this season does bring great wonder, renewal and joy.  But just as many more are left wondering, Where IS the Merry in Christmas? Many families will face this Christmas with an empty chair at the family gathering, a family…

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What does “Thy Kingdom Come” even mean?

It’s a simple idea, and a deeply biblical one, woven into the very fabric of the prayer Jesus taught us to pray. “Thy kingdom come.” Praying kingdom come, for God’s will to be done, His kingdom to come…what would that mean?  “What would stand and what would fall?” reflects Frederick Buechner.  “Who would…

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Thanksgiving – It’s good for your soul

Thanksgiving is a time for food, family gatherings and football. Once everyone is gathered at the table, my husband asks us to share what we’re thankful for. I’m sure many of you do likewise, but from now on, don’t make thanksgiving a once a year occasion. I don’t mean regularly cook a full turkey dinner,…

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It’s about time your heart came home

Living from several suitcases for about 6 weeks has caused me to think a little about what home really means to me. I’m talking about home…where you lay your head to sleep, or where you keep the night light on, or those home fires you tender, where you keep the fireplace embers burning on a cold chilly night. Don’t…

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Why, God?

To some degree, we’ve all been there. The late night phone call that changed everything. A doctor’s diagnosis that stopped you dead in your tracks. A casual trip to Dairy Queen that ended with the death of a child. A summer thunderstorm that that spawned a tornado and devastated a community. A school shooting. The earthquake…

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Satisfied

“Mom, you know what’s gonna be great about heaven?” my daughter asked, eyes hopeful and practically pleading for me to respond. . .so of course I did. “What, honey?”  “Well, Mom,” she spoke confidently, with her then 9-year-old wisdom, “We will be satisfied. No one will want anything. It’ll just be Jesus, and…

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The gift of unanswered questions

She asks her hardest questions at bedtime, when we flop open the pages of Scripture atop her flowered quilt. We flip through pages of her Bible, rustling like onion skins between our fingers. We land on the story of David and Goliath, and I read aloud the story of a heroic boy who felled a giant with one smooth stone. In the bluish…

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Treasure hunt

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:1-20) One of my son’s favorite games is “Treasure Hunt.” I hide something in the yard or the house and draw out a map for him to find it.  X… marks the spot where the treasure should be.  It is so much fun to watch him run around, count off paces, work

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Perfecting the art of imperfection

For years, I didn’t smile with an open mouth. I had a mouthful of crooked, crowded teeth. Imagine a picket fence rearranged by a wildly errant bicyclist — or a Mack truck. That’s what my teeth looked like. I had postponed orthodontic care for years, because in my heightened state of teenage self-awareness, braces…

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Anticipation

Emery’s here. She’s a 7 lb.9 oz. bundle of joy!  I am so excited. Our fourth grand baby, born on October 18th couldn’t have come soon enough and we were all smiles when we saw her pretty face for the very first time. What a fun few weeks it has been! Anticipating her arrival got me thinking about another “anticipation”…

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