How Generous Should A Good Christian Be?

During my Master's program when we were relatively poor I went to the local supermarket and found some fantastic sales on foods we enjoy - cheese, hamburger, pork shoulder, it was quite a list. So I felt impressed to buy twice as much as usual, and went home.  My wife was delighted.  She had been visiting a mother who was literally starving.  She felt spiritual promptings to help her immediately, but we did not have the food.  And then I walked in, at which point she took half and went to de...
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Worst Case Scenario

I try and look at the worst case scenario,so that when things turn out a little better, or even average, I’m happy. Look at the bright side, the old saying goes. Example: You have to drive across town, so you imagine all the bad things that could possibly happen – a wreck, traffic jam, carjack, rude drivers, slow pedestrians, car breaks down, no insurance (you forgot to renew, or got cancelled), hail storm, tornado, earthquake, nuclear attack, asteroid hits earth in front of you as you ar...
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After Bitter Disappointments, Sweet Consolation

From early girlhood, I anticipated leading my conception of an ideal life.  I would marry a wonderful man, we would raise a noble family of exemplary children, and we would influence thousands of people with our Christlike living and closeness to God.  I don’t know how I developed the hubris to think I was capable of such a thing, but I was bursting with self-confidence and the sense that this was my destiny. It didn’t happen.  I did marry a man with a lot of potential, and we had several...
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It’s a Wonderful Life

  In this continuation of yesterday’s post (An Honest Person), I decided to name it after my favorite movie of all time, which I had never seen until well into my thirties, when I was staying with my oldest brother and his family one Christmas holiday. It reinforced what I suppose I always knew – that everyone’s life has meaning, and that little things can cause huge ripple effects, a lot of times when we aren’t even aware of them. But more on that another day. So there I was, in ...
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Thanksgiving in Prison

by Lori F. I have a friend in prison. At some point years ago he made choices that are hard to imagine now, but may have seemed like a good idea at the time.  He later made changes in his life, turned over a new leaf, began to come to church, and made friends there, but those earlier choices had not conveniently evaporated, and their aftermath eventually led him to prison.  As Thanksgiving approached I thought about my friend, whether he would get turkey that day. I wondered whether a pri...
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How Can I Find Comfort When I Have so Little?

By Emily H There is a rug on the floor of my room. It is small and colorful and hand-sewn. I walk on it every day and it's ripping at the edges, but it has never gone unnoticed or unloved. Five years ago I found it in a box of knick-knacks from my mom's basement. I tucked it away with my things and took it with me to college. When I got to my first dorm room I unrolled it beside my bed before unpacking the few other things that I owned. Of everything that I brought with me, I quickly becam...
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