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Humming Hallelujahs

Whether I was in my body or or out of my body as I wrote, I do not know. God knows. (Handel on composing the Messiah) A stranger in the hospital reaches out her withered hand, her skin the color of coffee splashed with cream, and grasps the handrail along the sterile hospital hallway. She […]

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Advent prayer

The simple word “Advent” originates from the Latin word “ad venio” which means “to come”, and thus refers to remembering the coming of Jesus as a newborn and waiting for the second coming of Christ to make all things new. In between this gracious past and glorious future, the Spirit of Christ comes continually to […]

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What’s in the air?

There is magic in air, the magic of watching little children, their eagerness squirming out of their bodies in fits of joy, their anticipation causing them to tremble like a covered lid over boiling water. They remember the bright mornings of years passed, running from their rooms toward presents under the decorated tree, and everyone […]

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And a strangely wonderful thump, thump

This gift of a book was graced to my wife, by my mother, in 2007. Now, in 2014, we have a son who is a toddler and who so happened to pull this book down just this morning from a dusty corner of a forgotten bookshelf. And I’ve now re-read it again for the first […]

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Why Would I?

The north wind rips across the plains, the wild grasses hanging on for dear life. The evergreens stand against the grey backdrop of the wide sky like battle-weary soldiers resolutely staking their claim. The winters of Northern Minnesota are utterly hostile. Why in the world would anyone live here? Why would I choose to visit? […]

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Order Up

Somewhat hard to remember now, but the first part of this week was unusually warm, mid-seventies at the end of October. My family burst out of the house to an early supper. We dined outside because the weather was so glorious, and our son, who had turned two-years-old only two days before, lined his five […]

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Prayers for All Saints Day

A prayer for All Saints Day and a link to a video that captures the celebration perfectly. God of all time, we thank you for this world: for the grandeur of its beauty, from the lilies of the field to the view from the mountaintops, from the sound of crunching leaves to the wind in […]

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On turning 2

With a little prompting, my son will declare his age: “Two!” He signals this number with gusto, his pointer finger and thumb in the air. His mother and I coached him to perform the traditional, two-finger way; yet as usual, he adds a little flair, his own unique twist. Besides his age, he’s been asked […]

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Sidearm memories

Though now he has no time for us, he stays with us in time – a good in us learned from the good in him. ~Wendell Berry Early Sunday mornings, I follow our dog, who ambles through the cemetery and seeks the source of smells, zigging and zagging every which way. My mind often wanders through […]

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Color Correctness

“There is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.” ~John Calvin “Pink crayon,” I inform the almost two-year-old. Blue car. Red stop sign. Didn’t I, too, once delight in the yellow of a banana and the pink of a pig? What I know from issuing these instructions is that […]

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