Hymn of My Heart
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Hymn of My Heart

The sanctuary was silent. The doors shuttered since March, so I have not been inside our church since. Because of the pandemic, we are worshiping online or outside in an effort to protect each other as well as our community. Still, I miss it so. I miss the fellowship of prayer, I miss the peaceful…

We Need a Hug
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We Need a Hug

It’s the hugs I miss most. Joyous bear hug greetings, gentle squeezes of love, and lingering arm-wrapped farewells. All have disappeared like a loose kite on the breeze since the coronavirus took over in mid-March. And if you’re a hugger, like I am, then you feel the loss of those sweet embraces from family and…

Finding Gifts
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Finding Gifts

“Come look!” announced my husband on an early spring morning over a month ago. “I have a surprise!” I followed him out to the backyard, and there rising up out of the cold brown earth, were a myriad of green stems with sheathed yellow flowers just beginning to make themselves known. “Two hundred daffodils!” my…

Spelling Bee Wisdom
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Spelling Bee Wisdom

The spellers were nervous. And who could blame them? Approximately two dozen 4th and 5th graders lined up on a stage with a gymnasium filled with their peers, parents, and grandparents sitting behind them.  In an age of spell check and auto correct, it’s a wonder anyone can spell any more. And yet these 4th and 5th graders could and did, beating out the rest of their peers to get to this competition.  Before the spelling bee began,…