Category Archives: Trials

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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Four Things You Can Always Expect from God

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We have a way of shaping expectations in our minds. But this way, the responsibility is on us, and we can become unsettled, even angry, if they fail to become reality. My 7-year-old grandson is famous for this. Recently, when … Continue reading

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In Your Trials, Trust God

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A cancer diagnosis took me completely by surprise 12 years ago. I was perfectly healthy and had no risk factors. I was processing my questions with a mature Christian friend when she said, “It’s almost a compliment, don’t you think?” She was saying that … Continue reading

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A Year of Love

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For some, Valentine’s Day means a perfunctory display of love, fed by florists, Hallmark and chocolatiers, but for me it is an opportunity  to remember love shown throughout the year.   Every year has its share of challenges and successes, good days and bad days, healthy and not-so-healthy times, and … Continue reading

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Life Beyond a Stroke

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I was living life fully loaded: teaching opportunities were suddenly plentiful, spending time with family and friends was a joy, and getting ready for anther year of CBS was just around the corner.  I had lots of ideas and plans and life … Continue reading

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42 and the Power of a Strong Stand

The movie 42 tells the story of Jackie Robinson’s experience as the first African-American baseball player in the Major Leagues. It is a satisfying movie in the archetypal sports movie kind of way, but I was surprised to appreciate it most in a theological sort of way.   Curious?  Watch the movie … 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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Shades of Cancer

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One of the most surprising aspects of surviving cancer was that once it was all over, it wasn’t really all over.  Shades and shadows of cancer remained with me long after the cancer itself was gone. I was euphoric for the … 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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Heed the Heat

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It’s not often that thermometers in Chicago report triple digit temperatures, and when they do so for three days in a row we feel the heat. Pavement is buckling (thirty roads and counting), vegetation is wilting, and air conditioners are working overtime. We all must guard against dehydration … Continue reading

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