Waking Up To Aging

gabby-orcutt-98868-unsplashAdmittedly, I’m a slow adapter to change. I’d rather not admit to myself that I am not 30 years old any more. Or 40. Or 50. It’s getting harder to ignore.

Recently I spent an afternoon with two friends. One friend’s husband was preparing to have a hip replaced and the other friend spoke of her knees crunching when walking up stairs. They didn’t hurt, she said, but she heard them. Feeling rather content that I haven’t had any arthritis pains, I nodded and commiserated.

The laugh is on me, because I heard my knees the next time I went upstairs at home. “What!? Is that my knees?”

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A Life of Consequence

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Wouldn’t it be nice if we could live comfortable happy lives? No challenges. No difficulties. No pain. No rejection. Without consciously thinking in those terms, I think I wanted such an untried and untested existence. The challenges, difficulties, pain and … Continue reading

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The Greatest Mystery

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Mysteries are enticing, aren’t they? A good mystery novel gives us just enough information to work out who-done-it, but disguises it perfectly so we’re surprised. The world’s greatest mysteries are tackled in theology or philosophy classrooms. Who is God? Who am … Continue reading

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Five Minutes of Refugee Reading

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Do you have five minutes to educate yourself about refugees? If so, keep reading. Conversations with friends about refugees go something like this, “The number of refugees world wide is going up and refugee resettlement in the US is down … Continue reading

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Books and Movies to Consider on Memorial Day

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On Memorial Day we remember those who have died while serving our country in the armed forces. (Read here for the history of Memorial Day.)  If I’m honest, I spend a couple minutes remembering those who have died for my … Continue reading

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Inheritance for Everyone

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When the Bible records the inheritance given to daughters, I pay attention. I’m used to reading a Bible steeped in a patriarchal culture, therefore it is full of the names, escapades and inheritances of men. Except for two places where … Continue reading

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Cultural Pressure and Finding Freedom

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“What will people think?” We may not have that conscious thought when we communicate, post on social media, or decide what to wear, but let’s be honest, it is always in the back of our minds. A book, The Invention of … Continue reading

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Squirrels and the Problem of Evil

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My daughter and her husband are dealing with car trouble; one has been totaled – it was admittedly on its last legs – and the other was in the shop. And why? Wait for it….can’t quite believe it…squirrels! Those small … Continue reading

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Maturity: Grace, Truth and Time

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How would you define maturity? I know it when I see it, but it’s surprisingly difficult to verbalize. According to psychologist and author Henry Cloud, maturity can be defined as follows: “Immaturity is when we ask life to meet our demands … Continue reading

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Spring and Hope

It is my confident hope that spring will one day arrive in Chicago. I have faith that even though I am wearing a wool sweater and boots today and my back yard looks like this… …that in a few weeks it will look like this. … Continue reading

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