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Sacred Pandemonium

It finally happened. After 37 Christmases with 3 children, their loves and our 7 grandkids I guess it was inevitable. In National Lampoon worthy fashion, this year the Christmas tree fell over. Now, to be accurate, we have two trees. The formal, pretty one we call “Mom’s tree” and the other is the “family tree”. […]

More Than You Prayed For

Once in a lifetime. We say it often, but Zechariah experienced it for real. By tradition and because there were so many Levitical priests, many priests never had a chance to go into the Temple to serve. If they did get the chance…it was the chance of a lifetime. Such a great honor and rare privilege. (Luke […]

Living An Ellipsis

I confess. I tend to overdo things I love. Sushi by the boatload. Fishing marathons in the backyard. Tiger Woods golf tourneys on the iPad. Facebook shares of the grandkids. Coffee and good books in the early morning. And when writing, I overuse ellipses. Not commas like most folks, but ellipses. Yep, the three dots […]

I Hope So

The words came across his desk through tears laced with deep compassion. “It will get better.” My resigned response was simple. “I hope so.” I had used those words a thousand times in darker moments of life when pain was the order of the day. It had served as my expression of inner weariness and psychic exhaustion. A sort of […]

Manger

I had no idea this is what I was made for. Holding a baby. Not just any baby either. The Baby. Seemed as ridiculous then as it does now. You see, I thought I was made for hay. Cow cud and donkey slobber were my specialty. Dirt and dung my norm. So I could never […]

A Blanket Proposal

It wasn’t his best day. Not even close. After a very long obedience in the right direction, he let down his guard, had a bit too much to drink and wound up in a highly compromising situation. Had he been able to stay awake, he would have been embarrassed and humiliated. But he was in […]

The Great Divide

It’s a memory as fresh as yesterday, even though I have made more than forty laps around the sun since then. The scope and scale of what I saw were enormous. It’s expanse and beauty breathtaking. Instantly and simultaneously I experienced both heart-racing exhilaration and heart-stopping terror. Growing up in the American northwest, by age 14 I […]

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