January 18, 2021

Sea Shanties and Communal Singing

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Last week our family ship was navigating somewhat heavy seas; we had set our course, but were taking on a little water. So my radio was not tuned to chatter from nearby boats, till a friend pinged in with a message. “Sea Shanties!” she said. “Have...

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December 18, 2020

Rise Up, Shepherd

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My favorite Christmas carol? I can’t answer that. Or rather, I’ll answer it differently every time. It’s not as if the choices end on page 305 of the Bruderhof’s hefty red Christmas song book, replete with songs from the simplest two-line round to...

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June 3, 2020

Precious Friend

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So as Rob and his parents started their specialist hospital treks, I worried about the weights that might drop on them. But one wise neurologist told Reuel and Jean, “Take him home and love him. Robert will show you what he can do.” Hallelujah...

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December 23, 2019

One Inch Off the Ground

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“Mom, why does nobody else in my class know the name of their guardian angel?” She’s at it again – the five-year-old with the unanswerable questions. She’s never been puzzled for a moment as to the identity of her angel. He’s her “Uncle D” – whom...

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