Faith in the Lonely Places

Less than two months ago, a move ripped me from my comfort zone. Church family, neighbors, and favorite spots disappeared into the horizon as a truck too small to hold our home carried us northward. In just a few hours, the temperature chilled ten degrees. Familiar people and landmarks vanished like…

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How to Offer Thanks with Meaning

Rub a dub dub, thanks for the grub. Yay, God. Thanks for the bread. Thanks for the meat. Thanks for the taters. Good God, let's eat. Maybe your Thanksgiving meal will begin with a more eloquent blessing. Well-spoken or simple, the attitude of our hearts matters far more than the words…

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Likin’ Candy Corn?

I'm liking the candy corn around me, deep azure skies above, and an extra hour of sleep on the horizon. I like autumn, but it's not my favorite. Before passionate fall-enthusiasts take defensive aim, let me just honor your right to like whatever you choose. Perhaps your heart skips a beat…

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Family of God

"God sets the lonely in families" (Psalm 68:6). When joking with my father and his uncle about our Webb ancestry, I nudged my son. "Show him your thumb." In a synchronized motion, he and I demonstrated the hitchhiker's gesture. Our thumbs bent back to a ninety-degree angle. We could balance a textbook…

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