November 17: Finishing Finals

I’ll miss this class!

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November 16: Sleep

Sleep is a wonderful gift. It restores our bodies in ways we don’t even realize until we are burnt out. It can help increase our emotional capacity and physical stamina. The final for my current class is due tomorrow at 11:59. I’ve been working on it for the past several days, sleeping intermittently because I’ve…

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To my teen and tween self: I see you

Dear Katelyn, I see you. You and the one other outcast sit alone at the lunch table. She is a caring, fun, spirited, and beautiful junior high girl, as are you, and your classmates are being jerks by not accepting you two. Keep looking up. She will help you carry on and be a close…

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Confessions of a formerly racist woman

A busload of college students preparing for summer ministries filed into the open room that evening, abandoning the Midwestern winter air. We were entering a space of lament that MLK weekend. Mostly we sat, stood, or bowed in silence, allowing God to heal us from ways we had been sinned against throughout our lives. We…

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“My grace is sufficient”: praising God in the face of chronic back pain

“You’re too young to be in pain like this,” they tell me. I shrug and grin sadly. It doesn’t change that I have had chronic back and neck pain for the past six or seven years. I’m only 21. In high school I went to the chiropractor about once a year for back pain. I…

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