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The Best Medicine

    by Elizabeth Schenkel On a Wednesday morning two months after we moved to Central Asia, our doorbell rang. I was alone in the house and went to the gate with some trepidation. When I looked through the peephole, I saw two men. One was wearing a business suit and the other looked like… Read More

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Olya’s Gift

      by Elizabeth Schenkel Olya gave me a beaded necklace on my birthday our last year in Uzbekistan. I was surprised, delighted, and humbled to receive a birthday gift from Olya. Although we were in the same church, we didn’t really know each other that well. She had made the necklace herself. It… Read More

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Sailing Through Life

    by Elizabeth Schenkel When I was a growing up, my family used spend two weeks every summer at a cottage on a lake in Northern Michigan. My mother had grown up there and my grandparents lived in the “big house” in a small town close to the cottage. At that cottage I learned… Read More

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Wise Men

      by Elizabeth Schenkel I’ve been thinking about those Wise Men this Advent. Their trip to Bethlehem was probably not looked upon as “wise” at the time.   It’s not as though they could call Delta Airlines and make reservations for a flight from, say, Samarkand to Jerusalem for December the 24th. This… Read More

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Storms

    by Elizabeth Schenkel “Master! Master! Jesus! We’re about to die. The waves are swamping us!” When my kids were little, we had a book from the Netherlands called Jesus Stills the Storm. It was a family favorite, a simple picture book telling the story of Jesus and the disciples and the storm. Like… Read More

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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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