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Night Shift

I have this problem with a bit of insomnia. I've had it for several years now. My insomnia started right around that time of my life when, ahem, the change happened. A change that was brought on overnight following a complete surgical hysterectomy. I was expecting the surgery to solve a whole other batch of problems, not create this one. Sleeplessness. Never did I think this would be the thing to ail me. Why is it I can mindlessly fall asleep at 4:30 in the afternoon while reading a book, but then at midnight when I'm supposed to sleep I'm wide awake? And my mind is on a runaway quest to solve every single problem or situation I've encountered, oh, in the last twenty years or so. Where shoul

Just in Time

By now most people have taken down their Christmas decorations, including their manger scenes. If you're in the process of de-Christmas-ing, may I propose you leave out the wise men and their camels for a couple more weeks? According to the Bible, the wise men had come from a great distance by following a star right into the city of Jerusalem, where they asked King Herod about the Messiah's birth. You see, there's a fascinating prediction tucked away in the pages of Isaiah. I'm sure these magi knew about these words there: "Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you....The wealth of the nations will come to you. A multitude of camels will cover you, t

Servant Bootcamp

My father-in-law is dying. It will happen in a matter of hours or, at most, a few days. I'm not God so I cannot be 100% sure, but the doctor has said the man's illnesses are "insurmountable." He will pass soon. Because we do not want him to be alone when his time comes, somebody sits with him in his hospital room round the clock. Last evening, I met my daughter Rachel, an emergency room nurse in the same hospital, in the hospital lobby. Together, we planned to stay and care for my father-in-law throughout the night. In those twelve quiet hours, I learned more about servanthood than I've learned in my entire life. What a blessing it was to learn from my daughter how to selflessly, sacrificial

 

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