Tag: hope

  • The County

    The County

      We were tucked into a couple of chairs at the corner diner. A wood stove burned hot in the far north corner. In the far south corner sat a gaggle of men swapping stories. The young ones wore blue jeans, fleece-lined jackets and baseball[..]
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  • Glistening Eyes of the Season

    Glistening Eyes of the Season

      "And when we heard that baby cry, there was such joy in that delivery room. Everyone was crying. He was the most prayed for baby." The woman sitting in the wing-back chair was leaning forward and telling me that story of her grandson's birth.[..]
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  • God Isn’t on Our Side

    God Isn’t on Our Side

        Four teens surrounded a vehicle in St. Louis  early Sunday morning armed with hammers. When the driver, a Bosnian fellow by the name of Zemir Begic, got out of his car, the teens allegedly pounced on him and beat him to death. Police say[..]
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  • Thank you, Amen.

    Thank you, Amen.

    Some nights in the midst of this loneliness I swung among the scattered stars at the end of the thin thread of faith alone.  - Wendell Berry There are times when I go into the closet and shut the door and put my head to[..]
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  • Death without a Funeral

    Death without a Funeral

      This was going to be the blog post in which I announced that daughter Konnie and her husband are expecting wee ones. I had it all written in my mind. I was going to share with you how long a struggle this has been[..]
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  • Resolutions of a Misremembered Life

    Resolutions of a Misremembered Life

      She bought the buffet from a man who lived in that same prison town where she lived and worked and planted a garden so lush people would drive by the brick house on the corner lot just to hang their heads out the rolled[..]
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  • Beneath a Rising Jesus

    Beneath a Rising Jesus

      Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:5) It was Saturday and we were in church. A big city church sat back on one of Portland’s wooded corners. Imago Dei. Image of God. Two years[..]
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  • Hobbling Along

    Hobbling Along

    I took an ailing veteran to the VA Center in Boise, Idaho this week. He's a young fellow, in his mid-forties. A big lug of a guy, 6' 3", and hauling around too much weight on his broken frame of a body. Twenty years ago,[..]
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  • How do you build community?

    How do you build community?

    It’s Miz Shelby here again. Today’s the day I head out on the adventure with World Vision, and I am looking forward to bringing you all along.   Last night, after an 80+ degree late summer day, which I spent mainly indoors packing, I decided to go to[..]
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