Category: Easter

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Thursday 24th April 2014

How to Get Through Your Mondays and Thursdays and Sadder-Days

How to Get Through Your Mondays and Thursdays and Sadder-Days

Easter came, and the sun surprised us all.  The skylight of spring made our pasty skin warm for the first time in what felt like forever. It’s been a long, hard winter in Iowa. And then suddenly, Monday came. The sun hid under the clouds. The winds slammed hard against the hopeful trees, ...

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Monday 21st April 2014

What I Learned After 40 Days Without Mirrors

What I Learned After 40 Days Without Mirrors

Turns out, there’s something harder than covering all your mirrors for Lent: It’s uncovering them on Easter morning.  Anna bounded into the bathroom, with her hair cascading down past her shoulders. She had pinned a flower in her hair. Her eyes were Easter-sunrise-bright. She did a ...

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Wednesday 16th April 2014

#TellHisStory: It’s Wednesday, but Sunday’s Comin’

#TellHisStory: It's Wednesday, but Sunday's Comin'

Sometimes, life doesn’t make a lick of sense until you look back on it in the rear-view mirror. Because when you’re in the middle, it’s a muddle. This was my muddle: I could never figure out why the tomb was empty. I mean, I knew what the Bible said, but that didn’t seem ...

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Monday 14th April 2014

One Thing We Need to Know as Holy Week Begins

One Thing We Need to Know as Holy Week Begins

I spot her in a wheelchair, and her soft eyes are fixed on something — or maybe nothing at all. I cross the dining room of the nursing home to kneel down at her side. “We’ve come to say hello,” I tell my old friend, adding a cheery, “Happy Palm Sunday.” “It’s Palm Sunday?” she […]

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Friday 3rd January 2014

Why I’m Carrying Spices in My Purse All Year Long

Why I'm Carrying Spices in My Purse All Year Long

A whole year of days stretches out before us, but sometimes? It’s hard to step into tomorrow, because we know that some of the best beginnings end ugly. We’ve memorized the ache of endings. We’re old enough to know how dreams can die, so we’re scared to dream. We know ...

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Friday 29th March 2013

Sometimes It Causes Me To Tremble

Sometimes It Causes Me To Tremble

It was a rehearsal, a Good Friday rehearsal, and the farmer at the front of the church gripped the microphone in work-worn hands. “Test. Test. Test,” he spoke, words crackling. At the piano keys, my mother-in-law played the song’s introduction. Our pastor turned up the ...

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Monday 25th March 2013

The One Thing We Need to Know as Holy Week Begins

The One Thing We Need to Know as Holy Week Begins

I spot her in a wheelchair, and her soft eyes are fixed on something — or maybe nothing at all. I cross the dining room of the nursing home to kneel down at her side. “We’ve come to say hello,” I tell my old friend, adding a cheery, “Happy Palm Sunday.” ...

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Friday 22nd March 2013

For Anyone Who Ever Felt Unqualified

For Anyone Who Ever Felt Unqualified

I was not qualified, that’s for sure, at least not by academic degree or teaching experience. (I had given a presentation in a third-grade classroom once, but I’m sure that didn’t count for much.) “So.” — one of my college students asked me as we drove back ...

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Wednesday 20th February 2013

#TellHisStory: The Great Rescue

#TellHisStory: The Great Rescue

The morning’s first light, blue and mellow, pooled on the kitchen table. She lit a candle before the children awoke. She lit that candle like a torch, like it was the right way to honor the presence of something so lovely. She was answering the light with light.   She looked out toward ...

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