faith

Light of the World

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  ~John 8:12~ The sun casts its late afternoon light upon the tops of the birch trees behind my home as I sit here, mulling over words that seem reluctant to show me their &hellip Continue reading »

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You can’t change your feet

When I was little, I loved to balance on the hump in the back of the car (before seat belt laws and child-seats), lean over the seat between my parents, and biff out songs at the top of my skinny voice, imagining myself on the radio someday. Unfortunately, my pitch was as wobbly as a &hellip Continue reading »

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Made for this

  How divine she was; trés élégant really. Tall and thin, alert eyes rimmed in white mascara and gleaming, her breast shimmering, catching the afternoon light like a pillow of ruddy silk…her heart turned inside out. I watched through the binoculars, delighted with her economy of motion, her intensity and focus. Her perkiness. I’ve never &hellip Continue reading »

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Softly sowing

“So every day So every day I was surrounded by the beautiful crying forth of the ideas of God, one of which was you.” ~ Mary Oliver When we push our faces into the light, how can we anticipate the many ways we will be twisted and broke wide open or how a hard, dark &hellip Continue reading »

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The dreams we have

“No matter hard how they work, how gifted and talented they are, or how big their dreams, the poor have few choices and fewer opportunities to fulfill their God-given potential. These precious human beings, created in God’s image, have been left behind and cast upon the garbage dump of history by circumstances they cannot change. &hellip Continue reading »

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The hope that remains

Certainly, I have much to contemplate in the ways this trip has cut me apart and rearranged the pieces.  I’m still trying to find the right words and feelings. Which is somewhat ironic, as that’s precisely what I was there to teach. On a shoestring budget, our little team completed nine workshops in 16 days, &hellip Continue reading »

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High Road to Mombin Crochu

(Note: this post seems so old to me now…we visited Mombin Crochu from April 14-17 – only a week, but seems like a lifetime. No internet for several days.) Rough roads have new meaning for me. After leaving Limbe at 4AM, we picked-up Liz, Ossé and our rental truck in Cap Haitien then headed south &hellip Continue reading »

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The road to Cap Haitien

I confess. The border of Dominican Republic and Haiti intimidates me. The air sizzles with noise and heat lifts from the concrete; a group of children follow our truck as we look for a place to park, shouting ‘Blan, blan!’ (foreigner, foreigner). It’s the first Kreyole word that I learn. I am traveling with Rick &hellip Continue reading »

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