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Weeping With Those Who Weep

      by Elizabeth Schenkel Along with everyone who owns a television, I was shocked to see images of Houston, Texas, under water. Just days before, Hurricane Harvey had been a tropical storm that was expected to barely strengthen into a hurricane before it hit the Texas coast.  Instead, it wreaked unprecedented damage to… Read More

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Somebody Else’s Life, Part 2

      by Elizabeth Schenkel “Jane” examined me closely and then asked, “What if they only came to rob you and not because of your preaching … does it still count?” Whaaaat? It’s amazing what comes out of people when someone is suffering!   Jane said this to me at our kids’ school in… Read More

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Somebody Else’s Life

        by Elizabeth Schenkel I stood in front of the sink filled with dirty dishes. Again. How many dishes have I washed in my lifetime? A lot. My mom says she enjoys washing dishes but I don’t believe her. And the very familiarity of the task somehow drove home my loneliness. I… Read More

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Talking Trees

    by Elizabeth Schenkel I got to visit our eldest daughter in Lebanon this spring. Suzie has been living in the Middle East for six years. She married her wonderful Lebanese husband there, and has been working with Syrian refugees for the last four years. I love to “drop in” whenever my travel for… Read More

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Fishers of Men (and Women!)

    by Elizabeth Schenkel My big sister loved to fish. She would grab a bamboo pole and head out to the dock on the lake in Michigan where we vacationed every summer and spend hours just sitting and waiting for a fish to chomp on the wormy hook at the end of her line…. Read More

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Not Missing the Boat

    by Elizabeth Schenkel Three times! I woke up from the same dream three times in a row. And now, early in the morning, I also had a song running through my head, “Michael, row the boat ashore, Alleluia!” I hadn’t heard that old spiritual since I was 10 years old sitting around the… Read More

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