2017 September

THE LONE GOOSE

THE LONE GOOSE

The lake next to my home is a quiet, contemplative setting that’s perfect for a pensive moment. One day when I’d been going through a particularly difficult time, I sat reading on the pier, feeling ve... Read More »

A DIFFERENT KIND OF SECURITY

A DIFFERENT KIND OF SECURITY

They’re not coming back! I remember how I felt when it finally hit home. Alone. Afraid. Unsure. For years I had been working on a social service project in an impoverished South Asian nation. I was bu... Read More »

REBUILDING A LIFE

REBUILDING A LIFE

My first encounter with Nadia was seven years ago, when a friend brought her to our home at 10 o’clock one night. Her skin was sallow; her eyes sunken and empty; her hair, obviously cared for meticulo... Read More »

ENDURING HARDSHIP

ENDURING HARDSHIP

As Christians, we aren’t exempted from the difficulties of this life, even if some think we should be. If we have the expectation that our faith should shield us from problems, struggles, and sufferin... Read More »

HELP IN TROUBLED TIMES

HELP IN TROUBLED TIMES

One of the challenging aspects of Christian life is the fact that becoming a follower of Jesus does not make us immune to life’s trials and tribulations. We know that God is love, yet even those who h... Read More »

BLASTING THE BLUES

BLASTING THE BLUES

I was in a bad mood recently, and it wasn’t easy to pull out of it. I’m not a hugely emotional person; I don’t usually have trouble motivating myself to get moving, but this time I was having a rough ... Read More »

LIVE THE MOMENT

LIVE THE MOMENT

Peter was awestruck. Along with James and John, he’d trudged up the mountain following Jesus, when suddenly “[Jesus’] face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.” The specta... Read More »

THE SMILE GAME

THE SMILE GAME

When I was a little girl, my sister and I used to play the Smile Game. Whenever we were out and about, running errands with our mom, going to the supermarket, or waiting at the stoplight, we’d have a ... Read More »

GRATITUDE THERAPY

GRATITUDE THERAPY

The winter had been an exceptionally long one in the Balkan Peninsula. How we had been waiting for spring to come! Finally, the beautiful flowers sprang up, the trees budded and then burst forth with ... Read More »

LOOKING FORWARD TO MONDAY

LOOKING FORWARD TO MONDAY

Successful Icelanders were quoted in a recent newspaper article giving answers to the same set of questions. One response to the question “Do you have any life advice for the readers?” got my attentio... Read More »

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