Posts Tagged "grace"

The Lies in the Mirror

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Articles | 2 comments

The Lies in the Mirror

“I don’t like my body.  This part’s too big and I’m too short and…”   A list of body-defects followed as we exited the store.  I looked at the young woman beside me.  There was conviction in her voice.  Sadness filled her eyes as she shared what she didn’t like about herself.  What I saw when I looked at her was a contradiction of what she saw when she looked in the mirror.  I saw a woman of beauty.  I couldn’t see the too big or the too short or the many other negative elements she saw in herself.  I saw beauty.   But, I also saw myself.  I could understand...

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Greater Than the Grains of Sand

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Articles | 3 comments

Greater Than the Grains of Sand

“How precious to me are Your thoughts, God!  How vast is the sum of them!  Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand; when I awake, I am with you.”  Psalm 139:17-18     Do you ever wonder what God sees in you?  Or, what He sees in any of us, really?  I do.  I look in the mirror and wonder “what is there about this face and this personality that makes God think about me?  Who am I, that God would even WANT to think about me?”   You, see I know me.  I’m not a beauty, I’m plain by the world’s standards.  I don’t always think about...

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Calm in the Storm

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Articles | 4 comments

Calm in the Storm

Lightning streaked across the sky.  Thunder rumbled in the distance.  The rain didn’t come, but the humidity rose steadily, promising rain would come.  It was well after two in the morning, but I couldn’t sleep.  Sitting on the living room floor in front of the French doors that lead to my deck, with my terrified dog resting her head in my lap, I watched the seemingly endless lightning flashing through the dark.   What is it about storms that I just have to watch?  I have a good friend who is absolutely terrified of storms.  He was visiting one afternoon when a storm hit.  For...

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Running Water

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Articles | 1 comment

Running Water

Gurgles and groans shouted from the spout.  I had pumped soap into my hand, turned the handle and expected water.  Instead, it was a series of burps and protests.  I also noticed that the toilet tank wasn’t filling with water.   “Great,” I thought.  “The water isn’t working.” I made my way down to the kitchen, checked the kettle for water and tested it to be sure it wasn’t still hot from breakfast.  Deeming it safe, I used some of it to rinse the soap from my hands.  Only a little, mind you.  I had a few bottles of spring water in the cellar, but other than that,...

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Reconciling the Grave

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Articles | 1 comment

Reconciling the Grave

It’s quiet.  Birdsong rides on the gentle breeze rustling the leaves.  The sun is a faint glow in the east, not yet ready to dawn the day.  The women speak in hushed voices, their whispers filled with sadness and longing.  “Who will roll the stone away?” they wonder.  “It’s too heavy for us.”   What is it about graveyards that make people whisper?  Those who reside in the tombs are sleeping eternal.  Voices won’t wake them.  Why is laughter or singing or normal speech avoided?  Is it out of respect or some kind of fear?  For the women walking through this...

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