Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace
My father-in-law, Ken Bixby, recently died. Years ago, he requested that “Amazing Grace" be sung at his funeral. He hadn’t told our family, however, which of the twenty-eight versions he had collected was the one we were supposed to use. That he would leave out such an important detail was surprising, because Ken was a master list-maker, organized, methodical, set in... Read More

Finding Joy

Finding Joy
As this most wonderful time of the year--Christmas--inches closer, many of us don’t feel the joy we’re entitled to. Some are better at masking inner pain than others are. But grief is no less a burden just because we’re good at hiding it. Personally, the stress my family and I are going through is like nothing we’ve faced before. We’re... Read More

Beyond Coincidence, We Present 2018’s Merit Scholars

Beyond Coincidence, We Present 2018’s Merit Scholars
I like to think coincidences are purposeful, close encounters with God. We can view them as less-than-subtle reminders of The Almighty; or, more concretely, picture them as divine thumps against our thick skulls – wake up calls letting us know that God is, indeed, present and active in our world and in our lives. As the One Who Is, fully... Read More

Seeing the Spirit of God

Seeing the Spirit of God
At home in mid-January 2018, I was surprised to receive a thank you note mistakenly addressed to Pastor Janet Richardson. It was clear to me that whoever sent the postcard wasn’t familiar with Janet. They would have known her by her marital surname—Noble-Richardson—and that she had died in 2006. But the faux pas were easy to make. Working through our... Read More

Fanfare and Pageantry

Fanfare and Pageantry
Because the dad was smiling, I was pretty sure I hadn’t offended him too much. He asked, “Did you just say, ‘Every parent should force their child to be in the Christmas pageant’?” Absolutely I did. His high-school sophomore son had told me a week earlier that he was willing to participate, and ever since, I had been counting on... Read More

The Aroma of Christ

The Aroma of Christ
Last year, a friend of mine joined the World Race and committed to sharing the gospel of Christ throughout eleven countries in eleven months. As Emily and her team traveled, they witnessed to people they encountered and served indigenous residents of remote areas. She and her fellow missionaries rarely knew what situations they would face as they arrived in foreign... Read More

Swayed by Our Scholarship Applicants

Swayed by Our Scholarship Applicants
Before I began writing to you today, I needed encouragement. You see, August was the month that Remembering Janet selected our latest scholarship recipients. I knew that the notification letters, mailed yesterday, would soon be eagerly opened by all the candidates, but only five would be elated to know that they had swayed us and won awards. The rest might... Read More