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How God Rekindles Your Hope in Darkness

How God Rekindles Your Hope in Darkness

On December 31, 1977 I sat fidgeting with the buttons on my flannel shirt in The Red-Headed-Wildflower’s parent’s living room. I was nervous because I hadn’t seen her since I dropped out of high school and joined the Navy in ’74. Making the two hour drive out of the...

How to Celebrate a Christmas Haunted by Ghosts

How to Celebrate a Christmas Haunted by Ghosts

Ghosts have haunted many of my Christmases. Not in the terrifying way Charles Dicken’s ghosts haunted Scrooge. But much more subtle, a shadow I can’t quite identify passing over my heart. I think the haunting started on Christmas day in 1957. My grandfather, my mom’s...

What Tools Do You Need to Succeed Spiritually?

What Tools Do You Need to Succeed Spiritually?

  Varied voices, divers opinions, and new insights often break us out of ruts. With that in mind, I’ve asked Brian Plachta a fellow writer, spiritual director, and coach to write this installment of my blog (see his full bio below). I know Brian’s take on...

How to Marinate Not Microwave Your Christmas Season

How to Marinate Not Microwave Your Christmas Season

  “Christmas always sneaks up on me. I’d love to just marinate in the season instead of being microwaved through it!” So declared my oldest daughter, Katie, recently. She’s mom to five active, fun children between eleven and two. Microwave indeed! Katie also...

Why See Fear as Your Best Friend not Hated Enemy

Why See Fear as Your Best Friend not Hated Enemy

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” So claimed Franklin D. Roosevelt in his 1933 Inaugural Address. Roosevelt bolstered our nation’s courage in the face of the Great Depression and a looming world war. But his quote also became the creed in a misguided...

Is There More You Can Do When You Can’t Do Enough?

Is There More You Can Do When You Can’t Do Enough?

Often soothing the pain and questions in life is as far beyond us as the stars. This paralyzing self-doubt usually surfaces for me after I’ve been called on to help someone in a stormy night of pain and need. Officiating at the bleak graveside for a young couple who...

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