Author Archive: Berta Dickerson

The Season of Spring

Spring delivers new grass in a plethora of shades of green that grow all around us. Even dandelion leaves have their own green color. Tree leaves from the palest to the deepest green grow and their spectrum spreads concealing the limbs that support them. New life and new beginnings come hand in hand for me. …

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My Cross

I found an old jewelry box at a yard sale years ago. It lay open with baubles and chains draped over it like a pirate’s treasure chest. While looking through the booty I spotted a shining gold cross. I gently untangled its dark chain and found the price tag. It read “$1.50”. I was elated …

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Jesus Great Sacrifice

I began a new life when I married. A sinner became a pastors’ wife. I lived in fear of the church members finding out my “true identity”. As in everything in my life, I wanted to be perfect. Would they judge me for my past? I distanced myself. Then I met a few Christian women …

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Watch Your Mouth

As a new Christian, I worked with a young woman who was living her life without boundaries. Much as I had lived mine before I met Jesus.  Each Monday we talked and laughed over the different situations she had experienced over the weekend. Things I no longer took part in but had not let go. …

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Open Doors

Asking for help did not come naturally to me. If I could not do it myself, I did without. After my spinal cord injury and paralysis, I had to depend on others for many things. When I went shopping, I had to ask, “Would you hold the door for me please?” “Would you set this …

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He is the One

The wrappings are gone. The boxes played with. The toys are scattered. The children content. I sit in my chair. What did it mean? Is that all there is? Now that it’s clean. Something is missing. My heart – it aches. What is wrong with me? Is it all fake? The carols I sang. Was …

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"Heaven’s Loss"

He gave up glory on His majestic throne to come to earth, fully man yet fully God. He was acknowledged as the Christ while still in a virgin’s womb. Born in a stable. Laid in a manger. Serenated by angels. Gifted by kings. This wasn’t the beginning. “In the beginning was the Word, and the …

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Nothing Before

When my nephew, Michael, was four years old, he asked his mother if he could call me. When we got on the telephone, he began to ask questions: “Aunt Berta, was I a baby when you had the wreck, because I don’t remember it?” “No, It happened before you were born, Michael,” I reply. “Aunt …

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What That Word Means

An elementary school classmate invited me to Vacation Bible School at her church. In class, when I was asked to read from the Bible I stuttered. A girl beside me giggled. My face grew hot and I felt ignorant. The teacher asked another girl to read. Later, one of the girls told me, “You can’t …

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No Visible Support

I remember a visit from my mother’s brother when I was a small child. Uncle Don flew his small airplane all the way from his home in southern California to a small airpark near our home in central Illinois. As Uncle Don prepared his airplane to take me flying one afternoon, he went through all …

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