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Where’s the love?

  I asked the choir to sing “Love Lifted Me” yesterday. We arrived at practice and Pastor Dave was whistling it. I had chosen two much slower songs and thought an upbeat one would be an improvement. The song was a success. The choir sounded great. The congregation enjoyed singing along. (I didn’t sing with the choir because I’m still having pain where that tooth was pulled that doesn’t allow me to keep my mouth open long enough for practice and service, but that’s another story.) Then the service started. I’d be lying if I said the idea for this blog post hit me then. In all honesty, I wondered why we sang the song. […]

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When Gratitude Doesn’t Come Naturally

Most of you know that I have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), classical type. With that comes many sister diseases, such as postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, gastroparesis, mast cell activation disorder, early onset osteoarthritis, and things like bad teeth, because the collagen is faulty and breaks down. I had a tooth pulled Monday. Tuesday I broke another tooth. While I don’t break a tooth every day with EDS, I do have a health issue every day. I’d even go as far to say, every hour. An hour doesn’t go by when I don’t have a joint pop out of the socket, excruciating stomach pain, mast cell reaction, or another “gift” from EDS. I’ll admit. Some days I […]

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A guest post by Ada Brownell: Gifted Musicians

David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets (1 Chronicles 13:8). Some people are born with amazing musical talent. Our daughter, Carolyn who died of lymphoma at age 31, had perfect pitch. We didn’t know anything about perfect pitch when she was younger. When she was somewhere between age 6 and 8 I was shocked when she walked up to the church organist and said, “You aren’t flatting your E when you play ‘When the Roll is Called up Yonder.’” I knew the organist wasn’t flatting the highest E in the melody, but I […]

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I have decided

Amy Grant had a song many years ago by that title: I Have Decided. Hearing it today made me think of those of us who sit on the fence, trying to straddle good and evil, wanting to be a light to this broken world, but afraid to fully turn from the darkness. I suppose I spent a number of years in that place. It’s not a good place to be. We are called to make a decision. And to make it fully. Now we know from verse 1 of chapter 1 that the book of James is written to the twelve tribes of Israel scattered abroad. It is not written to the church, the body […]

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