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Waiting for Georgia

I’m not much of a poet, but I felt compelled to write this poem almost a year ago, during the height of the pandemic, while waiting for the arrival of our daughter, Georgie, who is almost 10 months now.  With a full heart, we took this pic together on our first family vacation to Newport,…

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The Iona Shepherd

“I am the good shepherd.”  John 10:11 How many times have we read or heard these words? To nearly all of us city-dwellers, shepherds are creatures of Sunday School stories and fairy tales. Not REAL people. But shepherds are real people, even in 2021, and I have learned some important lessons from a precious friend who is a real-life shepherd.  …

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Hope Among the Wildflowers

“Holed Up for a Year, I Hope…” Holy Week short story from Kristin Neubauer Illustrated by Margaret Wohler Jenny steadied herself with her left hand as she squatted among the rubble. With her right hand, she tried to push aside a slab of siding jammed against the remains of the patio table. She’d taken off…

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Pregnant with Hope

“Holed Up for a Year, I Hope…” Holy Week blog post from Hayes Willingham In March 2020, I was halfway through my pregnancy when the world fell apart.  The CDC designated pregnant women as a high risk group. I work in healthcare and soon patients started cancelling appointments with concerns about risks of the virus. I…

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Heading for Hope

“Holed Up for a Year, I Hope…” Holy Week blog post from Nan DeRenzi Someday, people will write books about the Covid pandemic and how it changed their lives; that’s certainly the case for me (although likely not the book part)!  The pandemic-driven quarantine started the day I landed in Iowa to visit my then-fiancée, Laura’s,…

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Bells of Hope

“Holed Up for a Year, I Hope…” Holy Week musical post from Emmanuel’s Handbell Choir Directed by Ryan Fitch, MM A most wonderful balm for pandemic weary souls has been the gift of music. Throughout this year of Sundays, Ryan Fitch, Emmanuel’s Music Director, has creatively orchestrated our weekly worship broadcasted from the nave. For…

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