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Worth Sharing: There is no Advent Police

When our fourth child was stillborn in early December nearly five years ago, I could not have anticipated how much I would learn from him. But John Blaise has indeed taught me. And probably one of the greatest lessons has been in learning my limits. Particularly, with the undercurrent of grief December can hold for […]

Swimming with Bacon Bit with Christ as King

… for several weeks now I’ve had a swimming companion. This person swims 24/7 and has already taught me a great deal. Admittedly, maybe not much about swimming. But plenty about submitting to God’s will in all things. And lots about hope, trust, and finding joy in the moment.

I affectionately call my swim buddy “Bacon Bit.”

Memory – Stirred by Song – #captureyourgrief 2015

A little over a year ago, pregnant, I joined our church choir with the caveat that I might have to quit at any time due to my potential for complications and bed rest.

Sunrise – I believe in the sun – #captureyourgrief 2015

Between ushering the younger two off to the bus and driving the bigger kids to school, I went looking for the sunrise this morning.

Where is here?

For the past few days, I have been reading the first Magic Tree House book with my six-year-old. He is at the glorious cusp of reading independently: He knows more than he realizes—much more than I expect—and wants to read. . . and wants to read with me. 

torch bearing quietly

I will not act out, will not
yell or curse or slam doors,
will not make a scene -- you
do not deserve such a chance
to make an example out of me
to be proven right since you
are not. Instead, I'll stand
at this street corner, raise
my hand high and clench that
light which yet remains. It
will burn brightly, quietly,
fiercely before fading as I.

Then I'll be gone but found.

©JAC 2005

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