Tag Archives: Hope

How Does Christmas Come About?

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It’s almost Christmas.  Are you ready? Will you be ready?  I’m not ready…yet. Christmas will come about, like it always does, and I will be ready, like I always am.  However, not without some chaos and confusion.  Every year I determine … Continue reading

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Dancing to the Melody of the Future

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“Hope is hearing the melody of the future.  Faith is to dance to it.”* What is the melody that your future will compose? How do (will) you dance to it today in faith? “You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.” Psalm … Continue reading

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Life: Solving a Puzzle or Creating a Masterpiece?

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The future lies before me in the form of puzzle pieces. Goals.  Skills.  Passion.  Experience.  Gifting.  Opportunities.  Dreams.  Resources. Faith.  Kingdom of God.  Power.  Following Jesus.  Hope. Family.  Finances.  Commitments.  Constraints.  Perceptions. Markets.  Ideas.  Service.  Potential.  World.  Needs. Fear.  Oops.  Toss that piece off … Continue reading

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Death, Faith, and New Life

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The Saturday between the Friday on which Jesus died and the Sunday of his resurrection must have been a day of grief, despair, confusion, and divine silence. Have you ever had a day like that? I have. Where are you God?  What was that all about anyway? Why … Continue reading

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Confident Hope or Wishful Thinking?

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It is my confident hope that spring will one day arrive in Chicago. Sadly, it will not likely be within the next ten days. I have faith that even though I am wearing a wool sweater and boots today and my back yard looks like this… … Continue reading

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Soaring Hope

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What if I told you that I spent the weekend at a conference with a diverse group of over nine-hundred people without hearing one negative word?  Not one.  Kindness, acceptance and generosity were unfailing.   Really.  It gave me hope. The event … Continue reading

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Forward Looking Hope

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My family lost a loved one this week.  Wednesday’s funeral service for my Uncle Carl was a lovely tribute to his well-lived life, and the lunch that followed was an opportunity to share hugs, tears and laughter with aunts, uncles, and cousins.  It … Continue reading

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How Would You Fix this Broken World?

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Last Thursday I wrote a blog post imagining fictional newspaper headlines in the days surrounding Jesus’ birth.  I was blissfully unaware on Thursday of the horrible non-fiction headlines that would be created on Friday.  (Sadly, my post Jesus Wept written last July in reaction to the Colorado theater shootings … Continue reading

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The Colors of Cancer

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The midwest in October is a colorful display of oranges, yellow/golds and deep reds best offset by a brilliant blue sky.  In recent years an incongruously spring-like color has been introduced into our earthy fall palette: the pink of breast cancer awareness. As if we are not … Continue reading

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God’s Will for You

Be joyful always… Really?  Even when it’s a cruddy rainy day or when I feel anxious or overwhelmed?  What about when I simply have too much to do? Yes, really, “…for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” …pray continually… How … Continue reading

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