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Crisis and Community

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A few weeks ago, the unthinkable happened. My good friends from my church, Autumn and Ben, lost their little girl, Addisyn, in a horrific car accident and their other daughter, Ashtyn, sustained significant injuries. Addisyn had an immense love for God and love for people. She had a heart to serve and to tell the world about Jesus — she radiated ...

Scars from the Journey

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We drive by the same group of trees each time we come into town, and for a few years now, they have been holding a reminder of an unbelievably scary day for many people. Caught in the mostly limbless trees is a huge chunk of twisted metal. It's nestled there, not moving a bit in the years that have gone by since the “twin twisters” hit. That ...

Welcome In

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When you host a banquet, invite those who are poor, maimed, lame, or blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous. (Luke 14:13-14) If you were to drive by my house, you’d likely take a second glance at all the life whirling around in the middle of what some would call ...

Meet Me in the Middle

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I remember sitting in the hospital waiting room, ignoring my very full bladder because my eyes were fixed on the screen. The words next to my husband’s ID number said in surgery, but any second it could change to in recovery. That would be the moment I could breathe. I knew he had heart issues when we got married 5 years earlier, but I never ...