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Easter Isn’t Over.

My dad had shoulder surgery a few days before Easter, and I flew to Illinois to take care of him.  On Easter Sunday, I woke up around dawn and peeked out my bedroom window to see pastel streaks appearing on the horizon, announcing the soon-to-be-rising sun. My brother and sister-in-law were visiting with their three children.  So […]

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you are not lost

March 5th was the first Sunday of Lent. Before church, I met a friend at a coffee shop a few blocks from church.  As we were chatting, I noticed a little boy, who couldn’t have been older than three, who was standing near us.  He walked in a circle on the welcome mat near us […]

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grandma’s gone

I found out on Tuesday that my grandma had cancer.  Five days later, she died. Five days. I was visiting my parents in Illinois over the weekend.  On Saturday morning, I rode to a restaurant with my dad, where we planned to meet up with my mom for brunch.  When my mom walked into the restaurant, […]

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kindnesses

“As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” – Albert Schweitzer Last week I wrote about how a server giving me a free bowl of oatmeal, and a fellow passenger lifting my suitcase for me, inspired me to look around for ways in which I can practice random acts […]

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labor (of love) day

Yesterday I wrote about how a free bowl of oatmeal and a suitcase that was lifted for me made my day, and made me realize how powerful small acts of kindness can be. This weekend, as we celebrate Labor Day, I was thinking it would be especially meaningful for each of us to commit to […]