Wherever you are, be all there (20 years after Alexis)

Today is the 20th anniversary of Alexis’ death. She has been gone a long time. Thankfully, it has been long enough for us to heal, although it will never be long enough for us to forget or “get over” her. I am sure there will always be a thin veil between our various joys and […]

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Drinking the bitter cup

I don’t want to go through this. I don’t want this to be my life. I don’t want an addicted child, or an ill spouse, or the stigma of bankruptcy or divorce. I don’t want my plans to fail or my best efforts to come up short. I don’t want to drink a cup of […]

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Loved

This essay was taken in entirety from a prayer devotional that our high school pastor, Steven Draeger, wrote for our students for their time this week at camp. It is beautiful, and I hope it speaks to your heart as it will no doubt speak to theirs. Know you are loved! You are God’s beloved. […]

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Naked Verbs

Sometimes verbs are more powerful without all of their accompanying grammatical clothing. Consider these naked verbs from the 147th psalm. In describing God’s activities in their most stripped down forms, the psalmist says that God: Builds up Gathers Heals (the brokenhearted) Binds up (wounds) Determines Calls (by name) Sustains Casts down (wickedness) Covers Supplies Provides […]

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