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Peace in the Forest

“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” —Matthew 2:2   Today I’m pondering God’s global influence to draw to himself all whose hearts are prepared. Bringing peace to those who recognize their need and have made him room. To […]

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Not-So-Great Expectations

  I remain confident of this:     I will see the goodness of the Lord     in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13 It’s been the best of times; it’s been the worst of times. Okay, I realize I’m mixing my Dickens references, but after a year marked by both jubilant celebrations and scorching heartaches, that’s how […]

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My Soul Magnifies the Lord

Who Am I, Lord?

Who am I that you would come to me, Lord? In the Christmas narrative, Mary, overcome by a growing understanding that she carries the savior of the world in her teenage womb, bursts out in reverent song. She begins “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my savior, for he has […]

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Prepare Him Room

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

Lord, prepare my heart. Help me to meditate on and anticipate your coming . . . Coming to bring truth to our troubled, questioning, seeking world. Coming to save and to renew. Coming to bring your peace into the chaos of my own heart and mind. Ever ski down a steep, heavily moguled run? There once […]

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When It’s Divine to Mourn

  {Originally posted October 2, 2014} If you ran into me in town lately and I told you I was fine, I was sort of lying. Please don’t take it personally; I was lying to myself too. I see now that I’ve been in a bit of a funk. As usual, I didn’t recognize it […]

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Suttle Lake in September

What Happens When We Desire the Right Things

In Sweet Home Alabama, young Melanie and Jake stand on the beach under stormy skies. She asks, “Why’d you wanna marry me for, anyhow?” Jake says, “So I can kiss you anytime I want.”  I drove ten minutes for this lake view. And it’s free. And it’s here every day, even on weekdays. Like today. […]

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Nature Has a Thousand Things

An excerpt from The Curate of Glaston by George MacDonald (I love this book!): As he walked and thought, a fresh wave of doubts washed over him. ‘The ideas of religion are so grand,’ he said to himself, “and the things all around it in life so ordinary. They contradict each other from morning to […]

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