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2011

Ring in the new

With changing seasons come growth and renewal. And with the holiday season upon us and a new year approaching, you may be ready to grow out of an old job, house, or relationship situation.

'Into the ark' at Christmastime

This is the time of year in Oregon when I can’t help but think about the Bible story of Noah’s Ark. As rain pours down day after day, having an ark doesn’t sound like such a bad idea.

A trip with God––all the way

“You are one brave grandmother!” That was the reaction I got from incredulous friends when they heard of my plans to take my two 11-year-old granddaughters, Hannah and Amanda, on a summer trip to Paris and London. Then the follow-up was usually, “Their parents must really trust you.

Christmas, one moment at a time

Are you one of those people, like me, who’s happy when radio stations start playing Christmas music even if it’s before Thanksgiving? Do you also not care if stores start stocking their aisles with holiday décor before Halloween? For me, the reason is plain and simple. I love Christmas! This has been a rough year on many fronts.

Softball and our team's spiritual scoreboard

Most of our team had never really played softball before. In fact, 11 out of the 13 girls were beginners and one of our exchange students hadn’t even heard the word softball before she came to school.

I run because I can

Years ago I set a marathon course record—I ran the Atlantic City Marathon in 3 hours 12 minutes, winning the masters’ race (women over 40) and finishing third among all women. As I look back, it’s clear that this didn’t just happen.

Love–alive, active, vibrant!

Have you ever thought about the atmosphere of God’s love as being a law? We may not often think about it this way, but it’s true! In the Bible, Paul writes to his friends in Galatia, telling them: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” ( Gal. 5:22, 23 ).

Autumn glory

As autumn colors touch leaves and grasses, I look at the beauty of the mountain world in which I live and see the nature of God. The greens and yellows of the trees initially turn my thought toward the contemplation of God as divine Soul and Spirit.

After the fire: How I prayed

A recent  Christian Science Monitor  article highlighted the ramifications of the extreme drought facing the state of Texas (see weekly edition, 9/26/11, page 18). From reduced crop yields and lower cattle herds to trees dying or burning, the challenges seem very real and all but insurmountable.

At home and safe

A few years ago, a neighbor called late one night to say that flames were shooting out of some windows on the second floor of our condominium building. In the next few minutes, law enforcement officers rushed through the hallways knocking on the doors of residents.