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… to look after orphans

So as I type I have three peacefully sleeping children giving me an opportunity for an afternoon quiet time. A fourth is playing quietly in his room, and two more are in the backyard, home early from their last day of school. The sleeping ones aren’t mine – I didn’t give birth to them – … Continue reading

God means for all His babies

It’s been 17 years, but I remember the difficulty of being a pregnant teenager just like it was yesterday. I no longer could relate to my peers. My sin and shame stuck out like a pregnant belly. I was awkward everywhere I went. People stared. People looked away. They judged. There were moments I just wanted … Continue reading

How are you two still together? The mission field of marriage

About 20 years ago, I started going out with this super cute boy. He had the most wonderful blue eyes and he paid lots of attention to me. He called me his angel. We spent hours and hours together – every possible waking moment – and when we weren’t together, we were on the phone. … Continue reading

Do you wanna play?

When we think about missions, we think big, complicated stuff. In reality, missions can be just as simple as asking a child, ‘Do you wanna play?’ The other night after church, for example, I was telling my kids to get their stuff together so we could go home and dye Easter eggs. One teenage girl, overhearing this, … Continue reading

When I was hungry …

I met a transient couple named Justine and Wayne sitting outside of a downtown hotel today.  This wasn’t the first time I’d seen them, but it was the first time I’d stopped to talk. Yesterday, they had been sitting alongside the on ramp for the interstate with their dogs, holding up a sign and asking … Continue reading

Will you be watching The Passion of the Christ?

  As I considered appropriate, meaningful ways to reflect on Jesus’ death today, Good Friday, one of the first things that came to mind was to watch the well-known Mel Gibson movie, The Passion of the Christ. I remember when the movie first came out in 2004, theater-goers flocked to the film, and everyone I … Continue reading