Monthly Archives: May 2017

Signposts

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The spindly lady of the Bluegrass State bought me time. Mrs. Hottenstein’s sponsorship gift achieved what she’d hoped. Freed me to attend more to my college work at hand. And the extra hours away from the teletype keys meant added time with my young nurse-student wife. That meant a lot. Our ships-passing-in-the-night could sit a few more minutes each day…

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Mother

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*today’s post is in current time, a departure from my usual narratives out of a more distant past. I’m in Africa. A ministry visit. Thank you for your time and for joining in special prayer. *** Tanzania, my country host, lies mourning. The bright young students held such promise, their minds fired up for the day’s challenge. That was reality…

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A Curious Mercy

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My host brings me hot tea and we talk of yesterday’s murder of his young brother. Nashon Gibuke, my host, was a modest spiritual shepherd entrusted with the care of an equally modest gathering of believers, young in the faith. By the time of this visit he had served as pastor for barely thirty months. Had recived the leanest of…

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Death Valley

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There in the African Savannah where acacia trees with their flat-topped enchanting forms dot the landscape, an adolescent boy, a humble cattle-tender, was cornered by thieving attackers. He made a futile attempt to seek refuge among his father’s herd of semi-nourished cows – the bounty his attackers pursued. Horrifying moments raced like short distance sprinters toward the finish tape until…

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Solace For Mourning

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My foolish act, passing an anguished mother along a roadside so I could make a preaching appointment, kept me stuck in long-term remorse. For years I periodically revisited in my mind’s eye the awful scene. Each time, left sorrowing, self-detesting, grieved. I had been given, at my own hand, a teaching moment of a severe kind. Any hearing the term…

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