Escaping tyranny of the past

Sep 19, 2017 by

Afew days ago I found myself at an event called “The Art Between Us.” It was an eclectic gathering of souls: Women shared hard-learned truths in the form of poems or original music. Others, like me, were...

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True or false? ‘If you’ve had an easy life, don’t try to help’

Jun 1, 2017 by

“A 20-some kid barely out of seminary shouldn’t presume to counsel a father dealing with his son’s fatal car crash.” “A happily married woman with well-behaved kids and a successful job has no clue...

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Embrace the darkness

Dec 19, 2016 by

Hens lose their egg-laying gusto as the days get shorter. Rather than offer a winter respite to her flock, my wife chose brainwashing over relief. Already in October she festooned the chicken run with...

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Yoder-Short: Smudges of pain, shimmers of grace

Dec 5, 2016 by

While unpacking my bags after returning from the Women Doing Theology Conference, I noticed a smudge on my comfortable grey sweater. Was it spilled coffee or residue from shared pain? As I cleaned out the...

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Bible: We won’t weep forever

Aug 29, 2016 by

Isaiah is a prophetic book, and these passages revel in describing what is to come for God’s people, a time when the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the water covers the sea. Among so many...

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Pain of being different

Mar 14, 2016 by

It makes me very sad when I see what is happening to my beloved Mennonite Church. I was raised in an Old Order Amish blended family. My 31-year-old mother died the second day after my birth; the widow my...

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Youth speakers share stories of pain on life’s road

Jul 20, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Most of the six youth worship speakers addressed the week’s theme, “On the Way,” and scripture, Luke 24, by describing pain they had experienced and encounters they had with Jesus...

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Sharing pain, seeing Jesus

Jul 7, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pick a category of people at the Mennonite Church USA convention, and you could identify their pain. It might have been the pain of exclusion due to sexual orientation. Or of feeling the...

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Youth speakers tell of Jesus encounters ‘on the way’

Jul 2, 2015 by and

Alexa Smith, 16, of West Liberty, Ohio, said she heard a lot during Mennonite Church USA’s youth convention in Kansas City, Mo., about how to deal with the pain life brings. Many worship speakers June...

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Pain management

Mar 16, 2015 by

Two recent conversations about pain . . . My daughter has lately been coming to terms with the horrors of World War II. They’ve been studying this period of history in school, and last night she watched a...

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