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Those who are not outsiders...
Once again, the world has been shocked and saddened by a mass killing–this time in New Zealand at a mosque by a man apparently filled with hate toward immigrants. Hate toward those unlike himself. Hate of those who are different. The “others.” Meanwhile, in the United States, incidents of rudeness, […]

Whose Truth is True? Let’s Silence the Hate


Disappointments, but God...
The cruise ship was scheduled to stop in two ports: one city (Nassau, Bahamas) and one beach (Coco Cay, Bahamas). But the weather predicted for the second day would make the Coco Cay stop too dangerous, as passengers had to be tendered to shore, and the wind was expected to […]

Change of Port: Handling Disappointments



My sheep hear my voice
My current novel-in-progress features a main character who is deaf, so I’ve been researching hearing loss and how deaf people communicate. I’ve always enjoyed watching an interpreter use American Sign Language, especially during songs at church. The fluid movement of their hands is like a visual dance, rising and falling in tune […]

Learning About Hearing Loss: Life Lessons


Some friends and I were talking about making quilts recently. No, I’m not a quilter. But I do love the varied colors and designs, the artistry of piecing together multiple fabrics in a way that pleases the eye. So when they talk, I listen. I admire their patience and creativity. […]

A Quilter’s Perspective



Power of God
Too many appliances, not enough outlets. Can you relate? In our bathroom, we have an electric toothbrush, a water pic, a razor, and a hair dryer. And only one outlet. We leave the toothbrush plugged in all the time, the razor only when it needs charging, and the others only […]

No Connection, No Power


Ladder lessons
Last week I worked on a Samaritan’s Purse rebuild project in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Samaritan’s Purse uses volunteer crews to repair and rebuild homes damaged in disasters. We were reconstructing houses damaged in a massive flood in 2016. These people have been out of their homes for more than two years.  Before […]

2 Lessons from a Ladder



Tomorrow is the first day of 2019. Instead of making resolutions that will go by the wayside in a few weeks, consider this approach. This is a repost of a blog I published in September 2016, but I think it applies especially well to the New Year. What new frontiers […]

Approaching the New Year with Faith


Jesus' birth
The story is familiar. At Christmas, we remember and celebrate Jesus’ birth: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:11-12, ESV). Did you get […]

Christmas: He Was Born for You




The customer service representative was pleasant enough. She repeatedly said, “I’m sorry, but…” I was frustrated after spending a total of two hours on the phone and on chat. I did not feel like I was being heard. I knew I was in the right, and good customer service dictated […]

When ‘I’m Sorry’ Isn’t Enough