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New family photos, Christmas cards, and being ‘enough’

I haven’t sent Christmas cards the last three years. I have just hated pictures of myself. No amount of black clothing, red lipstick and hair bleach could cover up the fact that my weight was completely out of control. Not photographing the evidence was much easier to bear. But each year, sweet friends faithfully sent us their family Christmas cards. I love getting them, seeing beautiful children, beloved pets, travel adventures. I cover every inch of the fridge with them....

To be the people we are called to be, we have to keep our cups full

by Melanie Nicholas My pastor told us a story, a fable about an ancient king coming to town. In the tale, all the families in this town are supposed to contribute a cup’s worth of their best wine to the welcome feast punch bowl, making a truly special and unique blend. But some villagers don’t bring their best wine, while others bring plain old water to dump in. Many of them say, “oh, no one will know,” or “I can’t...

Love knows no color

In the wake of recent violence and increasing racial tensions, Texas pastor Roy Smith wrote an opinion piece suggesting that churches – and Christians – need to practice what they preach when it comes to loving one another. I have had the opportunity to meet Smith a time or two over the years, and his wife, Carla, played a significant part in my life-changing Emmaus experience a decade ago. I truly believe that he wants people to come together as...