Category: Community

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Monday 20th October 2014

What We Need to Know When We Feel Lost and Alone

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It was a hot day in August at a carnival. The air was frothy with dust, laughter and the dinging of bells. I was four years old, wearing a seersucker halter dress and pigtails, moving through a swarm of legs that seemed all welded together. At one point, I had been holding my mother’s ...

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Monday 24th February 2014

The Person at the Side of Your Road

The Person at the Side of Your Road

I spent my Sunday morning with a Jewish priest, a Levite, a half-dead guy on the side of the road, a Good Samaritan, … and two elementary schoolgirls. I’m a Sunday school teacher at my country church, and we had an unusually small class yesterday — which turned out to be a ...

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Monday 3rd February 2014

The Best Birthday Gift Ever

The Best Birthday Gift Ever

Our pastor always starts our church service with announcements. So when he asked on Sunday whether anyone had an announcement, I shot my hand in the air. Pastor called on me, and I rose to my feet. I had something exciting to share. I may or may not have looked a little bit like Elaine:... Read More

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Monday 27th January 2014

How to Find The Holy Ground

How to Find The Holy Ground

It was just after dawn on Sunday morning. I was washing raspberries at the kitchen sink, and thinking ahead to Monday. My friend Paula had spent the weekend with us, and when she came into the kitchen, she startled me with her gasp. “Jennifer!” she cried out. “Look. Look ...

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Friday 30th August 2013

When You Stop Comparing, and Start Living Your One Beautiful Life

When You Stop Comparing, and Start Living Your One Beautiful Life

I was twelve years old, sitting on the curb with my friend. It was so hot that the road’s tar bubbled up around our flip-flopped feet. I don’t remember what had made me so sad that day, to prompt this curbside meeting. But I do remember how bad it hurt on my insides, like my... Read More

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Monday 13th February 2012

The Church Potluck

The Church Potluck

A little girl, her face round with wonder, finds me in the church kitchen, where I’m plugging in a crock-pot full of BBQ meatballs. “Jennifer,” she tugs at my sweater. “I brought cupcakes, and I frosted them all by myself.” I bend down, so I can see her eye to eye. ...

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Friday 6th May 2011

You Really Do Learn The Best Stuff in Kindergarten

You Really Do Learn The Best Stuff in Kindergarten

It’s true, what Robert Fulghum said. I’ts not always the advanced degrees or the big promotion that propel us ahead in this life. Most often, it’s what we learned in kindergarten. I went on a field trip yesterday with my sweet-cheeked girl and 71 other kindergarteners. And I ...

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Monday 12th April 2010

What a Small Group Can Do

What a Small Group Can Do

We were sitting in the arena seats, and the man in the spotlight spoke wisdom into the microphone: Every Christian needs a small group.My husband’s smile stretched across his face, and he leaned over to whisper words in my ear: Our very church is a small group. And my heart burned with ...

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Monday 2nd November 2009

Clanging Cymbal

Clanging Cymbal

Love thy neighbor, Jesus says. And I think that I do.But in this racing world, have I slowed enough to really love my neighbor? Each day, I watch real-life neighbors zip down the highway in a blur of steel beyond the alfalfa field. I wave to them, and consider my effortless gesture an act of... ...

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