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Encountering Grace

March 20, 2017

Community, a collection of kind, understanding and supportive people, is a beautiful thing; don’t you think? Check out what Parker Palmer, author, activist and teacher, has to say: “Community is a place where the connections felt in our hearts make themselves known in the bonds between people, and where the tuggings and pullings of these bonds keep opening our hearts.”

Ah, those “tuggings and pullings” . . . they are important when darkness surrounds us. Just think about yourself for a minute: losing something really precious seems to send your heart in upon itself; it’s a...

March 3, 2017

My friend, whom I had never seen even close to tears, wiped at his eyes as we were finishing our interview. He’s been sitting across from me for about an hour, talking about his daughter, Marie. I had been paying close attention throughout, but the look on his face, the way he came to new life, striving to help me understand the significance of what he witnessed, brought my attention to another level. He wanted me to know that within the tender story he was sharing about Marie’s death lay a grace-filled moment, one that happened as his own mother was dying years later. He...

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