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Hello Cairo!

I went to Cairo last year. It was a little like coming home and a little like going to a foreign land. Many years have passed since I lived in that part of the world, so there was an element of newness. I tried to capture it in this description of my first impressions: I arrive in Cairo and walk…

Missing Out

Only a couple of weeks left of summer…what? I’m in that awkward stage of trying to finish the summer well while also preparing for the kids to start the Fall semester and me to slip back (or rather: force myself back) into a routine. It’s like trying to switch into neutral and first gear simultaneously. My writing has been pushed…

Mud Pie Ministry

This excerpt is taken from my devotional book Cottage in the Kampung: “That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed.” Mark 1:32 I have watched so many Bible movies (and as a child seen so many flannel-graph stories) that the scenes in my mind, as I read Bible stories, are often a sterile picture…

Do You Cultivate Faithfulness?

Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.  Psalm 37:3 (NASV) This is an excerpt taken from my first devotional book Villa in the Hilla: I’ve been thinking about the words “cultivate faithfulness” from Psalm thirty-seven.  The psalmist encourages me to “Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.”  Earlier this week I replanted cuttings…

The Ocean

Will I wish I’d gone to the ocean more… When I’m gone from here? I call it my happy place. I reminds me of childhood And comforting memories. It draws out peace from the depths of my heart. And contemplation. And happiness. But I just glance as I pass by because I’m going somewhere And the cars go fast on…

Love Thieves

Inching the car out of the jam-packed parking lot, I headed home amid heavy Friday traffic. I didn’t know a love thief was headed my way. Wanting to be a blessing, I had just spent three hours sitting in a hospital with a sick man and his family. But, as often happens when we open up our clenched hands and…

Blue Pavement

“And (Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy elders) saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of lapis lazuli, as bright blue as the sky.” Exodus 24:10 This verse, marked in my Bible, is both fascinating and funny to me. First, can we all stop for a moment and acknowledge this nugget of a verse…