Faith

I Pray for You on Sundays

I wouldn’t call myself a woman of prayer. If I say I’ll pray for you, I do. Often right then and there so I don’t forget. And sometimes again later. But praying without ceasing is so far beyond my sights it still doesn’t quite register. But I pray for you on Sundays. Never during prayer time in the service. I’m too distracted by the mass of people and what...
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Love Deeply

Keeping them Safe

The other day my daughter was flipping through a World Vision catalog in the car, trying to see if she had enough money to buy a rabbit or a soccer ball for another family. When suddenly she stopped and gasped and said she knew what we needed to do. As we pulled into our driveway she showed me the picture with the title, “Safety for a girl who has...
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Learn

The Next Four Years

I’m writing this post about 50 hours before the polls open on Tuesday. I write everything below without knowing who has won because it applies regardless of the outcome. Theoretically this morning we know who won the Presidential race. I have high hopes that last night someone clearly won and someone else conceded. Regardless of how we feel about the outcome of last night’s race, the history of the peaceful transfer...
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Faith

Good News!

My husband is a diehard Cubs fan. His mom’s cousin, Doug Dascenzo, played for the Cubs. As a kid he would go to games, sit behind home plate, and hang out in the dug out. He even has a couple of bats signed by the whole team. So once we recovered from the epic Game Seven of the World Series, our whole family headed three hours over to Chicago to...
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As a Family

Reflecting on Rio. And other things.

Coming from a swimming family, we watched Olympic swimming before it was cool. I remember watching Janet Evans and her unorthodox freestyle stroke. And my cousin telling me swimming wasn’t a sport; I was furious. During the 1996 Olympics, our age-group swim team had a contest for attendance and swimming distance. I medaled in the contest and brought home an Olympic towel that I cherished and wore out by...
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Loving Others

Why We’re Not Trying to Raise Color Blind Kids

My rather observant, extremely verbal 3-year old is currently quite curious about skin color. He keeps pointing it out wherever we go. The other day he methodically studied our friend with darker skin, putting his arm up next to his and looking at the differences, commenting on the parts of our friend’s skin that are darker or lighter than others. And I have to say, every time our son points...
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Faith

A Prayer of Confession

This morning, We confess that we’ve been silent. Not standing up for the weak and powerless. We confess that we’ve allowed our stubborness to get in the way of really listening to those whose lives look different from ours, whose opinions are not our own. We confess that we have lied to ourselves, unwilling to invite the Spirit to show us the true condition of our hearts. We confess that...
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