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Letters to the Lord: Weeping and Rejoicing

I wrote this over a decade ago, when Chris was home in France during a summer break from college. But it seems strangely appropriate now as we continue to work through all hard, hard things of 2020 and beyond. I am thankful that weeping and rejoicing can coexist in the beautiful paradox of God’s love. They have come here to grieve.  And to celebrate. … Read More Letters to the Lord: Weeping and Rejoicing

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Letters to the Lord: The Day After Easter

It’s the Day after Easter, and I’m so thankful for this day, Lord. And yesterday. Oh, yes. Yesterday. Yesterday we awoke early to attend the sunrise service at Point Park. We joined with over 300 other believers, masked and bundled in the near freezing chill, to worship our Risen Savior as the sun rose in bright splendor to our right, off the side of … Read More Letters to the Lord: The Day After Easter

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Letters to the Lord: Never Let Me Go

I find it almost impossible to believe that exactly one year ago, Paul and I were heading out on a Trans-Atlantic cruise, to celebrate my 60th birthday and our 35th anniversary. Little did we know all that awaited us in 2020 as Covid-19 struck the world. For today, I want to look back on a journal entry I wrote while I was on that … Read More Letters to the Lord: Never Let Me Go

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Letters to the Lord: Rats on the Beach

Years ago, I got a little surprise at the end of our 20th anniversary celebration in North Africa. And the lesson I learned is still applicable today as life continues to be unpredictable… It had been the perfect vacation, really.  The perfect get-away for Paul and me, the perfect way to celebrate twenty years of marriage.  A trip to Tunisia.  How exotic, we thought. … Read More Letters to the Lord: Rats on the Beach

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Letters to the Lord: Press On

“Brothers and sisters, I do not regard myself as having taken hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,  I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3: 13-14 Everyone has waited with bated breath for 2021 to arrive. But now … Read More Letters to the Lord: Press On

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Letters to the Lord: The Messiah’s Invitation

For the past several years I have been greatly blessed by The Advent Project, part of Biola University’s Center for Christianity and the Arts. The following is a devotional from December 15, 2020 which greatly encouraged me, and I pray it will be sweet for your soul, too. I have scattered photos above and throughout the post of my beloved French santons, carrying their … Read More Letters to the Lord: The Messiah’s Invitation

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Letters to the Lord: How Will Christmas Come?

The tree is decorated, looking perfectly gorgeous with our imperfect and oh-so-special ornaments. The needlepoint stockings, those blessedly brought back by the angel of lost things, adorn the hearth, and this year I have added a green garland, little white lights, candles, and shiny balls there too. This feels festive and sweet and happy. Mamaw’s straw angels sit beside the fireplace on one side, … Read More Letters to the Lord: How Will Christmas Come?

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Letters to the Lord: Camino Walk #3~Hospitality and Generosity

This third Camino Walk, Lord, centers on the themes of Hospitality & Gratitude. I first listened to the Camino podcast for Week 3 while walking near my home in France in late July of this year. Here were my thoughts: One of the Bible passages that was from John 12:1-8 where Mary shows extravagant hospitality, gratitude, and generosity. “1 Six days before the Passover, … Read More Letters to the Lord: Camino Walk #3~Hospitality and Generosity

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Letters to the Lord: Camino Walk #1~Simplicity

For the past two weeks I’ve been doing a Digital Camino with InterVarsity. Lord, You know how I’d loved the experience in the summer, so when it was offered again in October, I signed up. With an added bonus. I invited readers to join me on the journey. And half a dozen readers did sign up. So for twelve days each of us immersed … Read More Letters to the Lord: Camino Walk #1~Simplicity

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Letters to the Lord: Jesus, the Refugee

It’s always a big deal for an author to get a nice review from Publisher’s Weekly. So when this one for The Promised Land popped into my inbox a few weeks ago, I was delighted. “Characters from Musser’s The Long Highway Home return in this touching story of four pilgrims walking the French Camino… (see image below for more of the review). Of course, … Read More Letters to the Lord: Jesus, the Refugee

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Letters to the Lord: A Father’s Delight

Precious Lord, Sometimes the heaviness of 2020 seems unbearable. So today, I want to simply rest in Your abundant love for me, remembering these words from Zephaniah 3: 16-17 “Do not fear, Zion;    do not let your hands hang limp.The Lord your God is with you,    the Mighty Warrior who saves.He will take great delight in you;    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,    but will … Read More Letters to the Lord: A Father’s Delight

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Letters to the Lord: Remembering Nancy

I can still remember when we met Lord, on a hot August day in 1982. I was a new college graduate with a head full of knowledge and a heart that wanted to serve You, Lord. And I was scared. Especially that. I’d left my collegiate world and instead of pursuing marriage or an MBA, I was becoming a missionary. You know I’d always … Read More Letters to the Lord: Remembering Nancy