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Advent, Week 1: Waiting Well

Advent, Week 1: Waiting Well

When I was a high school sophomore, a day came when, abruptly, my dad was no longer employed. We didn’t see this coming. Despite a painstaking search and scores of resumes sent out, weeks of unemployment turned into months. A shared, quiet undercurrent of anxiety ran...
To lay down your life

To lay down your life

Veterans Day makes me think about my grandpa’s faded bald eagle tattoo on his shoulder and the crisp flag waving in his front yard. I picture the antique uniforms, helmets and sepia-toned photos of his father and his father’s father that decorate his house. I think...
Mother’s Day: Daughter Truths

Mother’s Day: Daughter Truths

Jesus used his disciples’ everyday circumstances as teaching points. Fishing, their familiar profession. Yeast in bread. Workers in a field. A vineyard. He spoke in terms they easily understood. About a year ago, he began to highlight things in my ordinary — speaking...
Accept no substitutes

Accept no substitutes

May he give you the desire of your heartand make all your plans succeed.May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God.May the Lord grant all your requests.Psalm 20:4–5 Quick: What was the second-largest peacetime gathering...
Lessons from the Desert

Lessons from the Desert

by Mary Harker | 3-minute read Growing up, my church did not emphasize Lent. To me, Lent meant we had macaroni and cheese and fish sticks in the school cafeteria because the Catholic kids couldn’t eat meat, or that they (the Catholic kids) gave up eating candy from...