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they lose their grip on your soul only when

“How sweet did it suddenly seem to me to shrug off those sweet frivolities, and how glad I now was to get rid of them – I who had been loath to let them go! For it was you who … Continue reading

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the northern light’s speak

“Human beings have fallen in love with the echo of God’s excellency in creation and lost the ability to hear the incomparable, original shout of love. The message of creation is this: There is a great God of glory and … Continue reading

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captivated by His beauty

This past Sunday, a song I’d not thought of in months was sung in my church. Convicting and stirring, its words were ones I’d thought a lot about last year, but had moved on from in the busy rush of … Continue reading

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Blue hydrangeas and real hope

She burst through the kitchen door that early-summer night and plopped herself up on the counter next to my dish-filled sink, overflowing with vivid details of blue hydrangeas. Effervescent with excitement, she stumbled over words, trying to describe the deep … Continue reading

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an upside to summer’s end

Eighty-ish days of slow summer-bliss come to an end this morning for most kids in my part of the world. Yellow school buses and silver mini-vans roll through clogged, first-day drop-off lines, rushing to arrive before the 8:00 a.m. bell. … Continue reading

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ferns and summer and rays of sunlight

  Summer smells and sounds, summer colors and places and memories. Which, if you imagine your happiest summer moment, come to mind? Do you dream of  a cool haven tucked away in the deep green of a wooded wonderland? Do … Continue reading

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Deep thirst quenched

“As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.” Psalm 42:1 No matter the promises from billboards and internet pop-ups and the hundreds of instantly-gratifying enticements the world daily offers, this stands true: As … Continue reading

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kitties on fences

Caught by my daughter’s camera lens, this kitty tiptoes along her wooden railing, peeking out from her far-away world of red poppies and tall grass.  I like her cavalier air, this little feline I never met. She’s agile and confident, … Continue reading

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Better than a thousand substitutes

Each year as the calendar rolls toward the end of March, I begin to think back to the news we received on that momentous day five years ago. In some ways it seems like yesterday as my mind runs back, … Continue reading

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Fading beauty’s purpose

Bursting yellow blooms arriving to edge out winter’s brown landscape have, since childhood, made me happy. Each year, if forecasters predict a late winter dusting of snow, I worry over the green stalks whose eager beginnings  have already peaked an … Continue reading

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This is all there is

Her roles on the silver screen had made her an iconic sex symbol, and now, as she posed for the cameras these decades later, I recognized her as one of Hollywood’s most idolized stars. Her persona had been developed in … Continue reading

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Hast thou heard Him, seen Him, known Him?

 Hast thou heard Him, seen Him, known Him? Is not thine a captured heart? Chief among ten thousand own Him, joyful choose the better part. Idols once they won thee, charmed thee, lovely things of time and sense; gilded thus … Continue reading

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Anchored. Or drifting.

He sat, excited as could be, drawing his vision of a tropical beach and sky and palm trees.  Make-A-Wish Foundation had asked for a picture of his dream-trip destination for their files, and we’d (his parents and sisters) been told … Continue reading

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