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A Mother Is God’s Gift

A Mother Is God’s Gift

by Naomi MacMurdie “A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” —Tenneva Jordan  This Mother’s Day is the first time I get to celebrate as a mother myself with my own mom. I’m...

Melting Grudges

Melting Grudges

By John Mowris During World War II, my father was a Sergeant in the Marine Corps and my mother was in the Navy. My mother worked in the Washington D.C. office decoding Japanese messages. My father saw very brutal action in the Pacific during the fighting. He never...

Finding Forgiveness through God

Finding Forgiveness through God

By M.G. I recently attended a Sunday small group meeting. The theme of the discussion was, "Forgiveness." This topic reminded me of my past relationship with my father. It was the worst when I had turned 20 years old. My heart was full of resentment towards my father,...

Our Paths Lead to The Same Summit

Our Paths Lead to The Same Summit

There is a saying in Japan, “There are many paths to reach the top of Mount Fuji.” Many people have pursued greater meaning and purpose in life in search of God. I grew up in an inter-religious home --my father was a Buddhist and my mother was raised with both a...

Grandma and Fevers

Grandma and Fevers

By T.J. Whenever my kids fall sick with a fever, I think about my paternal grandmother. In my life, I have only met her a handful of times but my few memories of her are filled with a sunny warmth and images of her small, cluttered house in Kyoto. When I first...

12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas

(Photo Credit: Shutterstock) I remember vaguely hearing that the 12 Days of Christmas was a hidden code for Christian teachings. Like most people, I didn’t know the specifics and I decided to take a little time out to learn what it meant. Good old YouTube had a crash...

A God Who Never Gives Up – Lessons from Losing

A God Who Never Gives Up – Lessons from Losing

“I told the team, ‘We’re going to win.’ And I meant it,” my son told me the day after their 40-6 loss. Varsity had lost badly to this team last weekend. Every bone in my body said, “They’re going to lose.” But I was surprised that he had started staring the odds in...

A Memorial Tribute to My Wife Giusi Johnson

A Memorial Tribute to My Wife Giusi Johnson

By Mark Johnson When I think about my late wife Giusi, I am in an endless state of awe and amazement. I had the privilege to witness the life of a very special person up close for 17 years. It’s hard to believe that 23 years have gone by since her time of passing. I...

Healing Fractures: A lesson in parenting

Healing Fractures: A lesson in parenting

By K.M. When you have a boy, there are certain things that you know will probably be inevitable: knee scrapes, fights, mud, and broken bones. Even if you expect it - each one weighs heavy on your heart. So when our extremely active three-year-old boy fractured his...

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