An Elbow in the Eye

Through Times Like These

When I was seven, my father worked in the Mammoth and Morning coal mine in Washington State, USA, till his frozen lungs wouldn't let him go underground anymore. We knew what "poor" was, but "jobless" was a whole other experience for our family.My mother stitched...

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Barefoot in the Grass

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" (Philippeans 4:4 NIV)"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." (1 Thess. 5:16-18 NIV)It was officially the last day of Summer but it...

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The Winter Storm

After an incredibly warm and unseasonably dry beginning to our winter season, mid-January was characterized by greening grass and sprouting irises. The warmest winter (if we could really call it "winter") was well under way.The weather was the central theme in all...

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Heavenly Rejoicing

Luke 15:10 - Jesus concluded: “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”Every day, I do something wrong. I say the wrong thing or forget to do the right thing. I break a promise that I made or...

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Stepping Into Tomorrow

It had already arrived slipping into my life while I slept. So, there was no real surprise that I had made it through the night once again.I clearly remember thanking God for yesterday and specifically naming those of you I know and those who I call "Friends I've...

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