Aunt Esther

She was a constant at the edges of my life. I only saw her a handful of times, yet just hearing her name—“Aunt Esther”—without exception brought me into listening range. She had just come home to stay in the States, after two assignments of three or four years each, in Lere, Chad, Africa. It was

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Know Hope

As an expressive person, I have struggled with raw emotions and what the Christian does with them. Are we less Christian for having negative and inconvenient emotions such as fear, doubt, hopelessness or despair? Is it acceptable to process emotions such as these before arriving at the peace and hopefulness we are expected to have?

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House of Hope

Meiwaku. It’s such an annoying word, but it carries a lot of weight in Japanese culture and everyday relationships. Meiwaku can be used to refer to anything that bothers someone else. Don’t practice the piano late at night because it might bother the neighbors. Don’t park your car on the street because it causes meiwaku to those trying to drive by

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