Sheltering in Grace

When I was 17 I hitchhiked through Europe with my brother. It was the 1970s and, as strange as it sounds, my parents seemed OK with this. My brother's  hair was well past his shoulders and I was doing my best to look like Peggy Lipton from the Mod Squad or Susan Day from the... Continue Reading →

Lessons from Kacie, the Cranky Shih Tzu

We call her Kacie-Facie.  Or simply The Face.  I mean, how could you not?  Just look at her! Fifteen years ago, on a sunny day in early May, Alex and I drove to a Denny's parking lot, off the highway, midway between the Indiana breeder and our Chicago home.  We had done our research.  According... Continue Reading →

The Green Bible

In 1969 a suburban Chicago businessman named Kenneth Taylor devoted his daily train commute to paraphrasing the Bible into modern accessible text. It was called the Living Bible and my copy was green. I slept with this book, hugging it as one would a stuffed animal or squishy pillow. At 13, I was too old... Continue Reading →

God in a Bookstore

Mr. Thayer's lecture was veering from the Revolutionary War to incidentals from his childhood. The hands on the wall clock refused to move.  I was being held captive in 5th grade history, the last period of the day. The only positive was the window.  I scanned the parking lot for our station wagon.  Today my... Continue Reading →

Precious

You are precious in my eyes.  And honored.  And I love you. Isaiah 43:4a   When I first read this verse I did a double take.  How is it I never heard it before?  Surely this was a loose paraphrase of the ancient text. And surely God was referring to the nation of Israel, 700... Continue Reading →

Legacy Living

Ten round kindergarten faces stare at my mother, eyes saucer-big.  She's waving her hands in the air lamenting with the bride's father that the wine has run out. Then she's Mary pleading to her son for a miracle - Jesus reluctant at first, but finally producing the best wine Cana can offer. Mom deftly drops... Continue Reading →

Bedspread Prayers

I was sneaking into the kitchen for a nighttime bowl of Cheerios when I noticed the door to my parents' bedroom was slightly ajar.  That's when I caught sight of the two of them, my stately mother and proud father, their backs to me, kneeling by the bed -  their faces prone on the daisy... Continue Reading →

Home: Lost and Found

For my 11th birthday my parents got me a suitcase.  It was probably designer labeled.  All I remember is it was large and red and foretold of trips to come. The following summer my suitcase and I spent 8 weeks at a summer camp in Maine.  That first night the chirpy counselors gave us postcards... Continue Reading →

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