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Beside the Still Waters

Beside the Still Waters
In my little corner of the world, the earth is thick with spring. Delicate pink cherry tree petals cartwheel across sidewalks in the breeze. The grass deepens and yellow butterweed flourishes along the tree-lined creek bank. Early flowering honeysuckle emits its first glorious aroma into the cool afternoon air. But even as such beauty blooms, all across the globe, the world is thick with virus. As spring advances, so does the impact of the COVID-19 virus. The serenity of my creek-side nature walks over the past couple of weeks—both in my neighborhood and at my favorite little park, which is now...
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A Last Testimony

A Last Testimony
February 16, 2020 marks a decade without Mom. For her this past decade should have been a golden one, enjoying her grandsons as they grew and became teenagers, buying dolls and paint sets for her granddaughter, celebrating with two of her daughters as they got married (one of them me), spending more time traveling with my dad, helping her own elderly mother…and thinking about how she wanted to celebrate her 70th birthday next year. Mom with her mom and granddaughter 10 years ago How much Mom has missed these last 10 years. How much I have missed her and longed for her! But from her...
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Beautiful Vessels

Beautiful Vessels
It’s been more than a decade since my mother gave me a crystal creamer and sugar bowl set. It’s been so long now that I don’t remember the date. But I do remember how excited I was to receive it, as well as the general timeframe when I broke the creamer—around four years after she died. I was so disappointed. It had been elegant and beautiful, and still a fresh reminder of my mother’s love for me. Now half the set was missing. It was another incident that exemplified the growing distance between my current life and my life when my mother was alive. I’ve always been on the sentimental side, but after...
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A Long Step on the Journey

A Long Step on the Journey
It’s been a while since I blogged regularly—a long while. For more than two years, I studied for my master’s in communication while continuing to work full time. With only so many hours in the day, some things—in my case, blogging—had to be sacrificed while I worked toward a greater goal. I suppose that’s how it is for everyone pursuing a dream or a vision. Immediate desires and goals have to be put aside for the long-term vision to become a reality. That’s especially true when applied to a calling. For me, the longer-term climb of earning a master’s is just one part of the bigger picture of my...
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Horror Displaced by Hope

Horror Displaced by Hope
  Soon after my mother died (eight years ago today), I met with a friend who had lost her father some years earlier. She told me that at that point, she was able to think about that awful day without feeling the horror of it.   I now know what she means. Death of a loved one is horrible. Its suddenness, its consumption, its finality all leave the bereaved almost stupefied with disbelief, broken with the loss.   But by God’s grace, I don’t feel the horror of my mother’s death anymore. I still experience a lot of grieving moments, and I miss her more than words can say. But I’m able to...
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