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5 Things I Want to Read in Christmas Letters

Christmas letters

December marks the annual question about Christmas cards and Christmas letters. I’m squarely in favor of both, as I’ve written about here. People complain, though, about the nature of the Christmas letters–too much bragging, too much good news, not enough reality. I’ve had letters like that over the years, but for the most part, I […]

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How Someone Else’s Wedding Changed Me


We spent the weekend at a beautiful family wedding that exceeded any ceremony I’ve ever witnessed. Probably a third of the guests were my relatives and the mini-family reunion coupled with a gorgeous bride and handsome groom, with every detail flowing perfectly, made for a terrific celebration. As we relieved that glorious evening on Facebook […]

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Can Anything Good Come of Failure?


I don’t know about you, but I don’t like failure. I don’t like to fail and I don’t like watching other people fail. But in conversation lately, I’ve been thinking about the good that can come from failure. It just depends on how you look at it. Definitions are always helpful. Failure: 1. omission of occurrence […]

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What’s the Good of Trouble?


Can anything good come from trouble? Difficulties, heartbreaks, setbacks, discouragements, shocks, surprises, disappointment? Maybe. It really depends on your attitude, doesn’t it? “In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world,” is what Jesus says in regards to trials and tribulations. That helps. A little. I’ve […]

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Tricky Family Relationships and Peace


I don’t know about you, but I’ve tried to handle family relationships with peace over the years. This Thanksgiving I’m not having problems, but in the past, I’ve run into difficulties. It’s not my fault if the in-laws, siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles and even children don’t agree with my brilliance. Er, don’t see eye to eye with […]

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