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Agonizing in the unknown

4.15. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Driving an hour north to a cancer hospital to conclude if I had cancer or not was agonizing. From the moment I had discovered a mass on the back of one of my legs, I had been troubled. A month had gone by with different types of blood work, x-rays, an MRI and finally, here […]

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The Faith of Good Friday

4.14. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Read Psalm 22. As we march onward toward the death of Jesus, I am struck by Peter’s arrogance in his response to Jesus’ prediction that Peter will abandon him. He said, “Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you” (Mt 26:35). He makes a bold proclamation of faith with what seems […]

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Lent reflection: Setting things right

4.11. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

“Take a good look at my servant…. He won’t brush aside the bruised and the hurt and he won’t disregard the small and insignificant, but he’ll steadily and firmly set things right. He won’t tire out and quit. He won’t be stopped until he’s finished his work–to set things right on earth.” – Isaiah 42:1, […]

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Lent Reflection: My declaration in your ears

4.7. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Scripture: Job 13:13-19 “Let my declaration be in your ears,” Job says. “Who is there that will contend with me?” (13:17, 19). The question hangs in the air unanswered. That’s how it feels today, this month, this year as the president proposes a 50 billion dollar increase in military spending to build up his war […]

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Lent reflection: Good direction and great strength

4.5. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

In my life, I have had no personal enemies. No one, to use the classical definition, has tried to kill me. Of course, there have been those who have not liked me very much. In fifth grade, Peter Detweiler (his name and those below have been changed) threw me to the ground because I had […]

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Lent reflection: Did I not say, do not mislead me!

4.4. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Scripture passage: II Kings 4:18-37.  I wasn’t particularly eager to become a mother. Ambivalent would be an apt description. But nothing else I’ve done has so radically transformed me—body, mind and spirit. Right after being a follower of Jesus, mothering and grand-mothering are my favorite identities. Hands-down. Which is why the Shunammite woman’s story, among […]

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Lent reflection: Can these dry bones live?

4.2. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Reflections on Ezekiel 37:1-14. Observing and experiencing life our spirits often repeat the prophetic question, “Can these dry bones live?” We are the Body of Christ, the chosen people of God. Yet in the midst of living through burdens, challenges, illnesses and unexpected chaos we sometimes lose our faith focus. We ask ourselves and one another, […]

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