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Old-Fashioned Winter

The last few years our winters have been rather tame with little snow and no dramatic temperatures, but this week was different: Sunday, church was cancelled because of snow on the roads. Monday, nearby school buses were cancelled because of extreme cold. Wednesday, school buses were cancelled because of snow on the roads. Thursday, school […]

The Busy Wind

A few days ago I stood with my back to a fierce wind, watching the snow swirl past me in unpredictable patterns.  It was a rare glimpse into the ways of the wind. Usually we cannot see the wind.  We have a vague idea where it blows in from, but never know exactly.  We have […]

To Us A Child is Born!

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (Handel’s music ) Today we celebrate the birth of this amazing Christ child and, though there are […]

Mostly Canticles by George van Popta

After being rescued from grave danger, David sang, “Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.” (Ps 34:3)  Throughout the Bible we are encouraged to praise God in times of joy, trust, confusion, understanding, sadness, and despair.  We pray while we sing and sing while we pray and, obviously, the words that […]

Searching for the Positive

As I was outlining the possible outcomes of a dreaded medical appointment to Miss 18, she said, “There, now you’ve said something positive about each possibility.” And I responded, “Well, since God is in charge and loves us there is something positive in everything.  We may as well focus on finding what that is rather […]

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