“Now we know in part; then we shall know fully, even as we are fully known”

"For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known" (1 Corinthians 13:12)."Breathing with a heartbeat or not - it is as if all that we are is condensed into our …

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Death of a beautiful soul: when the end of life proves that life never ends

It is mortality that makes me so sure of immortality. What little I have experienced of the end of life has shown me clearly that life never ends. I know so much of fullness and grace and love and light and promise that life in itself is not enough to explain it!

life, by definition, always moves forward

Vitality is this balance (not always delicate) between birth and burial, falling leaves and emerging new buds, plenty and want, planting and harvesting, admiring the fruit and returning it to the soil, rocking chairs in nurseries and rocking chairs on front porches, gaining a foothold - and then letting go.

when death helps explain life

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” - John 11:25-26 A couple of days ago I posted a few thoughts in response to the death of my friend (and small-group member) Don …

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“If God is for us…” in life and in death

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? - Romans 8:31 One of the wonderful things about being part of a dynamic faith community like our church is the amazing diversity we experience. People, ideas, background, politics, experiences, ages - we're all over …

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when death and resurrection are essentially the same idea

I thought about my friend Sandee, who would pass peacefully into her own sunset a little over an hour later (probably around sundown in Minnesota), and I thanked God for the continuous witness to the resurrection that we enjoy every single day.

in memory: not grief, but gratitude

What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body. Thus it is written, …

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change, surprise, life, tragedy, and the constant that is God’s faithful love

For the second time this week, I'm plugging in a couple of family photographs to go with my morning words. As I've watched the deep drama of so many events play out all week long, often extremely close to home, and as I've read scriptures in my morning devotional times, I can't get these images …

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sepia-toned childhood

y immediate Maul family may not be very extensive in terms of numbers (there are 12 of us now that my brother is gone), but we're scattered far and wide geographically thanks to the continuing adventures of Andrew and Naomi. Consequently, when we do make it back together there's a lot of picture-taking, and story …

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