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    House Cats
    02.07.22 | by Linda Opp

    As a farm family, we always had a dog and several cats. They lived outdoors. I heard that town kids got to have house pets, so I began a campaign for an indoor cat. This was quickly squelched by my mother, who said, “Why would I want a...

      Unknown Unknowns
      01.24.22 | by Linda Opp

      In the middle of a wakeful night, I crept down the dark hall to the spare bedroom, where I could turn on a light and read myself back into sleepiness without disturbing my husband. Unfortunately, I'd forgotten that a few days earlier I'd...

        Beatles Theology
        01.10.22 | by Linda Opp

        One of our seminary professors often said, “All truth is God's truth,” and its corollary, “Truth is where you find it.”   We like to divide life into the sacred and the secular. That's a useful distinction in...

          It's Still Christmas
          12.27.21 | by Linda Opp

          I used to be one of those people who undecorate the house the day after Christmas. The tree was stripped and banished, the manger scene went into its box, the outdoor lights were unplugged until we could get around to taking them down. My...

            The Sadness of Christmas
            12.20.21 | by Linda Opp

            People grieve at Christmas. When we flip our calendars over to December, whatever difficulty, grief, or trouble we're dealing with doesn't suddenly disappear in honor of the season. The parties, feel-good movies (here's looking at you...

              Waiting For The Light
              12.06.21 | by Linda Opp

              December, the season of twinkly lights, is paradoxically dark. The days are short. Darkness comes too early, while sunrise comes too late. It’s dark when I wake up, and dark again when I’m cooking dinner. It makes me sad.As a child, I...

                The Door To Happiness
                11.22.21 | by Linda Opp

                I saw this the other day - “It's not happy people who are thankful, but thankful people who are happy.” Great line. What does it mean?  “Now Thank We All Our God” comes to mind, the classic Thanksgiving hymn. The...

                  Thankful For My Savior
                  11.19.21 | by Adam Morris

                  “Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalm 106:1) Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because I love getting together with family and sharing a meal...

                    Chickens & God's Will
                    11.08.21 | by Linda Opp

                    One summer afternoon I stepped out the front door to go to the mailbox, and there stood my neighbor's three hens, escaped from their back yard. The trio clucked at me softly, as if to say, “We need help. We got out, but we don't know how...

                      What Does It Mean To Abide?
                      10.25.21 | by Adam Morris

                      What does it mean to abide?First, union with our Lord depends on His grace. Of course, we are actively and personally united to Christ by faith (John 14:12). But faith itself is rooted in the activity of God. It is the Father who, as the divine...

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