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Betrayal

Betrayal

Before we can rejoice in the Easter resurrection, we need to take a long look at betrayal, an experience that isn’t unique to the Apostle Peter, but an encounter through which we all have lived. How many times have you been wounded by a person or entity’s words or actions that felt like betrayal? Often this betrayal comes from a most cherished source, so it hurts exponentially more.

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Celebrate in Darkness

Celebrate in Darkness

It’s Palm Sunday this week. I remember fondly my mom sewing new dresses for all of us four sisters. For in Lebanon, we wore our Easter finery on Palm Sunday (Shaynini) as well as Easter. We paraded down our block along with other bedecked families streaming out of their apartments on their way to their places of worship, waving palm branches and carrying aloft their floral decorated candles. In our neighborhood, these places of Christian worship included Maronite Catholic, Syriac, Roman Catholic, and Baptist Churches.

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

April Showers Bring May Flowers

As a gardener, I can have the top of the line sprinkler system, and supplement with tender loving hand watering, but both my baby seedlings and mature plants react the same to a rain shower. They reach up and out in their eagerness to grow: shooting out tendrils, putting on more leaves, and prolifically popping out buds.

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Do I Expect Answers?

Do I Expect Answers?

That glazed over the eye, the foggy detached look are tell-tale signs that your conversations partner was just being perfunctory when he/she asked, “How are you doing?” And you, mistaking sincerity, answered the question.

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Am I Blooming?

Am I Blooming?

It’s the closing bell of winter and I’m watching the changes in the plum tree out my study window. Each day, a few more puffs of white blossoms appear transforming one bloom into clusters of sweet smelling flowers clinging to bare branches.

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Promises Kept

Promises Kept

In this season of Lent, we’re focusing on the stewardship of pain. This descriptive phrase in itself is anathema to what society teaches us. We’re indoctrinated to avoid, silence, ignore, and medicate pain. How about walking through it? Is that too extraordinary of a thought?

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Others’ Expectations

Others’ Expectations

My healing started when I quit living in fear and started honoring the long forgotten little girl in me, the one God knew intimately and created for His purpose.

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Circuit Training

Circuit Training

Peace is the harvest of an honest life. Getting there requires examining oneself while acting on each subsequent self-evaluation with enlightenment. Obviously, it takes discipline to live this way. At the time, it can be excruciatingly painful, but if I follow through the stations of vulnerability, to epiphany, to service, I become trained by the process, and enjoy the resulting privileged benefits of reaping the peaceful harvest of an honest life.

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Refreshment for the Weary

Refreshment for the Weary

One of my favorite things we did as a family growing up in Lebanon was go on picnics. My parents weren’t into spending money on going out to eat, or the movies, but they sure could entertain with scrumptious picnic food and picturesque rest stops. Daddy loved to drive up and down the Lebanon mountain ranges discovering hidden archaeological ruins in obscure villages.

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Bible Translation

All Bible passages are from New English Translation