Learn to do good

Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow. (Isaiah 1:17) I was a few months into my first job after college. I was working as a Public Relations Assistant at The Defiance College in Ohio. It fell to me to make the round trip to Toledo to pick up the man who would be the speaker at a college forum that evening. I was 22. He was in […]

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What’s for Dinner?

This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them. (Luke 15: 2b) Who eats dinner with you? If dine alone, are you keeping company with a favorite TV personality? Are you dining in a public place surrounded by strangers? Jesus was criticized because of the company he chose for dinner companions. We may not always have a choice about who we eat dinner with, but the people with whom we share dinner is as important to […]

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Rest in Peace Jean, Sunny, Martha and Marlin

“Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55) This has been the summer of final farewells. There have been four deaths of people in my world between Memorial Day and Labor Day. There were others too that impacted people around me – a death in my husband’s family and several deaths at the congregation where I worship. Two deaths were among the early morning water aerobics group with […]

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Write Away in New York City

A question for you to consider: What’s a big dream you’ve had that remains unfulfilled because some aspect of it intimidates you? For many years one dream of mine has been to attend a national writer’s conference. This is the summer I checked that one off the list. I still remember a summer afternoon as a teenager when I was curled up reading and thinking, “I can do this.” The idea that I could write […]

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Families

All happy families resemble one another; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. (Tolstoy, Anna Karenina) I’m just back from a mini-family reunion with my daughters for a few days. It was wonderful. It started with catching up on family gossip about who’s doing what where and our theories on why. Then we ventured on to several trips down memory lanes and the usual round of favorite family stories. It was like a […]

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