Category Archives: Life

Life Stage Whiplash

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I stand in a moment between two life stages, and it is a bit whiplash inducing.  We took our youngest back to college for the last time over the weekend.  The empty nest  feels rather permanent this time. I vacillate between … 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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Is “Church Service” a Noun or a Verb Phrase?

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Christians, myself included, regularly use words and phrases like church, service, follower of Jesus Christ, shepherd, humility, community and surrender.  Yet, the words, phrases and values that actually animate our (my) behavior are very different.  I observe, and am challenged by, a disconnect between … Continue reading

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Wonderings

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I wonder about the physiology of laughter.  How is it that humor generates a spontaneous giggle? And then I wonder what makes something funny.  What is the definition of humor?  (I suppose I could research these things, but today I’m just wondering.) … Continue reading

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Don’t Retire; Re-tire

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When the tires are worn but the vehicle is still road worthy, you don’t retire the machine; you replace the tires.   Similarly, when a person’s chosen career or vocation becomes tired, flat or worn, there is no need to retire from productive life; he or she has … Continue reading

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I was going to write a blog post, but…

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I was going to write a blog post, but… Both of our sons unexpectedly showed up on Friday night.  Saturday morning, therefore, was happily spent around the kitchen table while Dan sautéed bacon, onions and vegetables for the frittata that would be our brunch.  Yum. … Continue reading

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Only God Can Stop the Rain

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What do rising flood waters and recent violent events have in common?  They are both relentless. The Chicago area is flooded today.  Rivers and rain water intruded into streets, back yards and houses.  Sump pumps valiantly ejected water from below the foundations of houses and buildings, but they did not always … 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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A Gentle Parable about Plan B

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My husband and I enjoyed a restful and restorative vacation in Florida last week.  While the trip was a blessing in every sense, it also served as a gentle parable about accepting, adjusting to and enjoying “Plan B.” The only element of our trip that qualified for “Plan … Continue reading

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Holy Waiting

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I hate to wait.  It’s a daily game for me to minimize red lights and to maximize unhindered forward progress.  I approach grocery store check-out lines with shrewd determination to find the fastest one.  (It doesn’t work, but I irrationally continue to try.) Traffic lights and retail … Continue reading

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