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by Cherice Ullrich | 4-minute read
I don’t think you’ll find a single person who will tell you 2020 has been their best year ever. Yet the dismal condition of our world is exactly where I’m finding hope this Christmas.
Let me explain. Read More
by Jim Killam | 5-minute read
Transparency alert: I wrote this article several weeks ago, before Illinois was begging its residents to stay home on Thanksgiving. With increasing numbers of us either sick or under precautionary quarantine, and most others heeding the guidelines (I hope), a traditional Thanksgiving just isn’t in the offing this year.
So, if you’re forging ahead with smaller plans, here’s a walk through a typical Thanksgiving itinerary. If you’re feeling blue about cancellations or Zoom dinners, parts of this might make you feel better about staying home this year.
The wardrobe. Unlike Christmas, no one goes out and buys a new Thanksgiving outfit. Business casual is a good bet here, although you’re likely to see everything from suits and ties to sweatpants. Pro Tip: Whatever your level of formality, go for the adjustable waistband.
The coat pile. It’s in the spare bedroom, on a bed with attractive throw pillows from 1976. Read More
by Jim Killam | 4-minute read
The last couple of weeks have been hard. More COVID, more shutdowns, more arguments about masks. Endless political tension and mudslinging. Canceling a family birthday gathering. Wondering what to do about Thanksgiving.
And then our basement sewer pipe backed up. Read More
“God, is this really what following you looks like?” Brandy Pardee checked all the boxes: Christian woman, Bible college grad, pastor’s wife, mom. But she realized she wasn’t becoming more like Jesus. Today she carries a fresh perspective on her faith, knowing that none of her questions were too big for God.