Author Archives: Judy

Look Up and Pray for Those Looking Down

During Holy Week we focus on the death of Jesus in anticipation of joyfully celebrating his resurrection. It’s appropriate, for when we see the horror, politics, mistaken religious protection and gross injustice of Jesus’s crucifixion, we are more grateful and … Continue reading

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Fifteen Favorite Fiction Books of 2020

Meet me at the Museum by Anne Youngson was a delight. It could be because Youngson is a retired grandmother and this is her first novel, but it was enjoyable and thought provoking nonetheless. It is written as letters between … Continue reading

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The Whole Message of This New Life

How would you verbally communicate the entire message of your Christian life to a group of strangers? Describing your life chronologically, vocationally, spiritually, relationally or all four sounds more like the pages of a memoir than a speech. It’s overwhelming. … Continue reading

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Ten Non-Fiction Books that Helped in a Difficult Year

I read more fiction than non-fiction last year, for obvious reasons. It was the kind of year in which retreating into a fictional world was a relief. However, I still read some very good non-fiction books, and here are ten … Continue reading

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Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a very un-2020-like New Year!

The year 2020 has become the subject of sadly resonant jokes and funny cartoons. My Far Side loving family got a kick out of the neighborhood ice cream truck that had been changed to a liver and onions truck. Two … Continue reading

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Covid and a Muted Sample of Eternity

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My husband and I just came out of a two week Covid-fog, so the first two weeks of Advent, already offbeat due to the pandemic, were spent sitting in recliners under blankets while waiting for the next symptom to appear. … Continue reading

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God Breaks into Human History

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When the Iron Curtain in Berlin came down peacefully in 1989 after years of oppression, I thought this must be the hand of God. Communism had seemed like firmly held domination, and I was stunned to watch that wall physically … Continue reading

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This Thanksgiving

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This Thanksgiving will be different. Tables will be smaller. Too many gatherings will be missing an individual who is struggling with Covid, or worse. Many people will be alone on a day on which they would much rather be with … Continue reading

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Seeking Security

David Brooks’s essay in The Atlantic, “America is Having a Moral Convulsion,” describes America as a far less trusting society than it was twenty-five years ago. As I think about my own sense of trust in government, institutions and media, … Continue reading

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How’s Your Vision?

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Michael May hadn’t seen anything since the age of three after being blinded in a chemical explosion. He adjusted well, married, had children, took up skiing and founded a business. One day, Michael accompanied his wife to her optician as … Continue reading

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