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Hope

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
Proverbs 13:12

Waiting and hoping.
Longing is defined by Merriam Webster as “a strong desire especially for something unattainable”.
Have you ever longed for something important…something significant…something that your heart has been set on for a long time, only to keep on waiting [...]

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One of my favorite Christmas songs is “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”. One variation of this song begins with this line: “I’m dreaming tonight of a place I love even more than I usually do…”. Every time I hear this, my thoughts are instantly transported to my grandparents’ old farmhouse in Wellston, Ohio at Christmastime. [...]

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I’m grateful.
The beauty of painful seasons and hard things is the gratitude that blossoms in the middle of the chaos.
We don’t see it immediately, or even perhaps feel it, but if our hearts are open and tender and expecting, thankfulness will push its way to the surface at its proper time.
Winter soil is barren, hard, [...]

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Good Friday is not the end

He didn’t defend himself.
He didn’t try to justify his cause or prove his innocence.
He stood there…silent…like a lamb to the slaughter.
When offered the opportunity to speak into the situation and right the wrongs…clarify his position…he chose to stand in quiet strength.
Pilate, so arrogant in his authoritative role…his title…believed that he held the power of life [...]

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bruised for us

It is Holy Week.
I woke up this morning feeling heavy…weighted down.
A sorrow and grief that has been nagging at me seemed to surface in my heart before I even got out of bed.
I felt like God was so far away.
“Where are you, God?”
Have you felt that way before? Have you ever found yourself wondering and [...]

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we will not fear

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” Psalms 46:1-3
Trouble comes.
It is inevitable.
On this earth, through these earthly vessels, [...]

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I’m sitting here at my desk, looking out of the window in front of me. I see palm trees swaying under the heat of the African sun, and the afternoon breeze comes dancing in and out…in and out.
There is no snow…no fires burning in the fireplace…no mittens or hats, puffy coats or boots.
The scene outside [...]

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The door is on the latch tonight,
The hearth-fire is aglow,
I seem to hear soft passing feet –
The Christchild in the snow.

My heart is open wide tonight
For stranger, kith or kin;
I would not bar a single door
Where love might enter in.
- Author Unknown -

This is week one of Advent…I cannot even begin to express the anticipation [...]

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