Category Archives: Christian

A Date with a Preacher

A year of meals shared and truths told went by, and I hadn’t thought much about our relationship until Earl surprised me at supper one evening, “Would you go out with me?” “Are you crazy?” All I could think about was how terrible I was. How can he like me? A month later, he asked …

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Paralyzed

“Berta.” “Berta.” My eyelids fluttered in the bright light. Then I saw Earl leaning over me. I tried to speak, but couldn’t. Earl explained, “You’re in ICU at Western Baptist Hospital. You had a wreck. Your neck is broken and you’re paralyzed. You have a trach and you’re on a ventilator. You and Kari were…” …

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Choose Life or Death

Photo Courtesy of Flickr My surgeon looked me in the eye and said, “The infection is in the bone.” He followed with talk about blood test results and “inflammatory markers”. His words confirmed my fear. The first round of IV antibiotics, though nearly killing me, had only moderately destroyed the bacteria eating away my body. …

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A Most Magnificent Messenger

One morning as I read my Sunday school lesson, it referred to Joni Eareckson Tada calling her accident and subsequent spinal cord injury “A Glorious Intruder.” I thought, “What would I call my accident and subsequent injury?  After a few moments of thought, I knew. “My Magnificent Messenger.” The message it brought was a reminder of …

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Caught In a Storm of Faith

After I made a profession of faith and the pastor baptized me I thought, “Shouldn’t I feel saved?” I wondered what I did wrong. Caught in a storm of faith, I believed I was unforgivable. I avoided Christians, Sunday school, and Bible study—fearing condemnation. When I opened my heart to God’s love and forgiveness, many …

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It Is Written: Jesus’ Death

   I’ve been mulling around this idea as we follow Jesus to the cross: How well do we represent the Jesus of Good Friday to the world? How do we show the love of the Father to the skeptic, the atheist, the young mother who sees images she doesn’t want her child to see? ·        …

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