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Grouped by: Linda Opp

    He Knows My Name
    05.02.22 | by Linda Opp

    My first and second-grade teacher was Mrs. Weber. She was tall and dignified and kind and wore beautiful dresses or pleated skirts with white blouses. She kept a cloth handkerchief discreetly tucked into her sleeve. Her salt and pepper hair was...

      Is It Free?
      03.28.22 | by Linda Opp

      A few years ago we took a snapshot of ourselves to a big-box store photo department to have copies made for our annual Christmas letter. The nice photo person said we'd receive five photo calendars as a free gift.A week later, when I was stuffing...

        Cats and the Kingdom
        03.21.22 | by Linda Opp

        Our washing machine has developed a new habit. At the end of the spin cycle, it emits a squeak that sounds exactly like a mewing cat. The first time we heard it we looked at each other, wondering who'd brought home a cat. We're still fooled by...

          03.07.22 | by Linda Opp

          Several years ago a well-known preacher announced that Christians need to “unhitch” the Old Testament from the New, and rely solely on the resurrection to inform their faith, especially when it comes to evangelism.   The Old...

            The Core
            02.21.22 | by Linda Opp

            The house I grew up in was built by my great-grandfather in 1902. It had many tiny rooms and a dirt basement. My grandfather, my father, my siblings, and I were all raised in that house. Now my nephew lives there with his wife and children...

              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...