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November 18, 2017

Four Meaningful Gifts for the Season

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I admit it. I’m a sucker for the “suggested for you” and the Christmas gift lists sent out by my favorite writers (and retailers) around this time of year. If you put any stock in the 5 love languages, one of mine is definitely gifts, and I love scouring websites and catalogs for something both […]

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August 31, 2017

Prayer for the Woman in the Minivan Putting on Her Makeup at the Stoplight

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I blame my friend, Tanya Marlow, for forcing me to make room to write this one out. You can blame her, too. Prayer for the Woman in the Minivan Putting on Her Makeup at the Stoplight After Brian Doyle I will say, at first, that I’m glad you weren’t checking social media or texting or […]

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April 25, 2017

The First Mention of Love

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The Sacrifice of Isaac by Caravaggio During Easter Vigil at my church, I was invited to share a brief meditation on Genesis 22. The theme of the evening was the ever-building victory of God over sin and death in the history of God’s people. As such, we heard meditations and experienced live performances in a […]

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March 16, 2017

Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down

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I’ve had a nursery rhyme in my head for the past few weeks. I’d been browsing Pinterest (while I’ll probably never craft anything I pin, some of the other images there are lovely enough to feed my soul), and up popped an image of a woman having tea in the middle of bombed out London, […]

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March 2, 2017

Catch Me In My Scurrying

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Catch me in my scurrying, Lord, and hold me in this Lenten season: hold my feet to the fire of your grace and make me attentive to my mortality that I may begin to die now to those things that keep me from living with you and with my neighbors on this earth; to grudges […]

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March 1, 2017

A Picture of Ash Wednesday

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Maybe it’s the way the sun is shining today. Maybe it’s the tired ache in me, the ache that longs for life and restoration. But when I saw this video, just after returning from an Ash Wednesday service that reminded me repentance is not about getting things right for God, but allowing God to come […]

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February 28, 2017

13 Things To Give Up For Lent

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Today is Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Mardi Gras (translated as Fat Tuesday). Generally, today is the day where Christians are meant to consider their lives prayerfully and decide on what the shape of their Lenten fast will be—whether it’s a giving up of a vice or addiction, or taking up of a devotional activity. […]

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February 25, 2017

It is my Lent to break my Lent

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“For Lent, 1966” It is my Lent to break my Lent, To eat when I would fast, To know when slender strength is spent, Take shelter from the blast When I would run with wind and rain, To sleep when I would watch. It is my Lent to smile at pain But not ignore its […]

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February 21, 2017

Six Weird Things To Give Up For Lent

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If the more regular things (Facebook, chocolate, alcohol or meat) just aren’t floating your boat as you prepare for the Lenten season, here’s a list of some stranger things that you might consider fasting from this year.   Salt Okay, so salt itself isn’t that weird, but giving it up for Lent probably is. Fact […]

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February 15, 2017

The Wisdom of Pass the Pigs

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I was already well into my day—bed made, breakfast prepared, email beaten back—when my fingers hit the small plastic figures in my pocket. I was reaching for a tube of lip balm at the time, mentally somewhere else, preparing for the next event on my schedule. As a mother, it’s not unusual for me to […]

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