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In the Name of God – How Faith Communities Can Support the Bereaved

The words of his story stick in his throat as Roger tries to swallow his emotions.  His wife Elaine has died four months ago; the fresh pain being unleashed as he finds a willing listener in me. Elaine had been … Continue reading

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Reliving and Remembering 25 Years Ago Today

There are days in your life that replay over and over in your memory and this will be one I never forget.  It is Tuesday, February 13th, 1990.  My husband Chris goes to his roofing job before sunrise, not waking … Continue reading

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When Loss Enters Faith

My husband Chris and I watch as our pastor cups his hand into the basin and begins to pour water on our son’s forehead. This is a sacred sacrament, our firstborn’s baptism.  Two years later, another pastor is the only … Continue reading

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“For All the Saints”

In the front of the church, a small altar stands in the middle of the raised steps, holding fourteen red candles.  There is a white banner beside this altar with the word RESURRECTION made of gold fabric letters. Fourteen bells … Continue reading

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God’s work amongst the ashes – Part IV

Peering through the small rectangle of glass in the narthex door, I scan the modest size crowd that has gathered in the sanctuary of the Lutheran church where I have been a member since the age of four. It seems … Continue reading

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