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A Cole Camp Fair

A Cole Camp Fair

Parades, turtle races, hay bale tossing, burgers, and rides, Oh My! All signs of the Cole Camp Fair. If you’ve talked to...

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The Moon at 3 a.m.

The Moon at 3 a.m.

Worship the Lord in the beauty of his holiness:Come let us adore him What else do you do at 3 am when faced with the wide-awake...

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A Tale of Two Births

A Tale of Two Births

My Monday babies. One coming late in the evening in no hurry to greet the world. One coming with the rising sun eager to...

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On Waiting

On Waiting

We fall asleep holding hands. Wondering if this will be the night. Will our hearts be expanding even more soon? Will we wake...

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Of Fathers and Fireworks and Light Shining in the Darkness

Of Fathers and Fireworks and Light Shining in the Darkness

“Here, take a seat on the bench,” the stranger stood up and pointed to my dad. He was weak and small, too ill...

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Summer in Cole Camp

Summer in Cole Camp

Mayberry.Stars Hollow. We’ve said it before, and we’ll keep saying it. Cole Camp is our Mayberry and our Stars...

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Little Blue Trucks

Little Blue Trucks

My daughter, Charlotte, loves the book, The Little Blue Truck. She loves the animals and making their sounds with their pictures....

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At Home in the World on a Concrete Slab

At Home in the World on a Concrete Slab

It’s just a concrete slab. Hard, dirty, dusty, bumpy. A thick piece of concrete nestled in the center of the compound....

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Empty

Empty

The tomb is empty. So they say. So the story tells us. Year after year. Jesus lived, died, and was buried. Placed in a tomb...

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Weaver Chapel

Weaver Chapel

I entered the college’s chapel to be greeted immediately by the organ music. Could it be the same music I heard so...

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Beauty is All Around

Beauty is All Around

“Let us come alive to the splendor that is all around us, and see the beauty in ordinary things.” -Thomas Merton Beauty...

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Painted Rocks

Painted Rocks

Have painted rocks come to your town? For me it began with one find - at the park, perched on a tree stump, I found a rock....

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Planting Hope

Saturday, February 18th, 2017. Nearly 70 degrees. Again, I repeat: It’s February in Missouri.

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A Night To Shine

A Night To Shine

I have great memories from attending Prom in high school. I was crowned Prom Queen my senior year so who wouldn’t have...

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#MUSLIMSWELCOMEDME

#MUSLIMSWELCOMEDME

#MUSLIMSWELCOMEDME I find that if I read through my journals from my time serving in the Peace Corps in The Gambia, West...

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Writing with Friends

A weekly writing assignment shared with a friend has turned into a gift of words and stories. A number of months ago my friend,...

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The Joy of a Garage

Parked in our attached garage you’ll now find my car. Such a small detail to share, but full of meaning. And joy. As...

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Amazing Grace

Particularly close to God. Particularly close to God? That was the 10 minute free writing assignment that stumped me -...

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This is Our Life

This is Our Life

On the eve of our town’s fair, “Our World’s Fair,” as it's affectionately known, my daughter, Charlotte,...

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Dear Charlotte

Dear Charlotte

Dear Charlotte, I once wrote a letter a day for 40 days. Give or take a few days. During the season of Lent I gifted myself...

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Studies With Charlotte

I still remember the phone call. Somewhere around my third day in the office figuring out what it meant to be Pastor Kim...

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