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Sip and Share

What’s the best part about making lemonade? Pouring the mixture over ice in a tall glass and then taking it out to the porch. To sit on a rocker or swing and take sips of the refreshingly cold drink. To pass it along to a friend as you catch up on all the latest news. For the past two months, we’ve been exploring the metaphor of transforming the sour experiences of having a child with special needs

The Gift of Growth

What gifts have you received this year? And no, I’m not posting this too early. While the Christmas season is one time of giving and receiving gifts, I’ve been reflecting back over the past year. The whole year as seen through the eyes of Christmas. So, the first gift on my list was the gift of growth. I didn’t get any taller and I won’t be disclosing if I got any larger around the middle.

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“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us . . . And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:18, 28 NIV) For the past seven Monday, we’ve looked at the transformation process in: eggs, carrots and coffee beans – especially how they all react differently

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Since we are changed by the journey, we’ve been looking at examples of transformations. Many of them involved heat, pressure, irritation, and being broken. Ouch. But, what about waiting in the dark for something to happen? Today’s spotlight is the butterfly. This insect starts out as a worm, er, caterpillar. It spends its days crawling around and eating. As it grows, it sheds its old skin for a new one. While it might have interesting

While I’m Waiting

Ever have a song that just keeps playing in your head? Are the words ever the ones you really need to hear? Over and over and over until they sink in? My daughter’s second favorite movie – if you base such things upon which disc is usually in the DVD player – is Fireproof. The first time we saw the movie, I cried during one of the songs because the words spoke so clearly to

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Another Monday and another look and being transformed by the journey. Today, I’d like to look at stained glass. When I think of stained glass, I think of beautiful old church windows. The ones depicting scenes from the Bible that come to life when the sun shines through them and scatter patches of colored light across the room. Ornate depictions of lives lived long ago. When making stained glass, different metallic oxides or minerals are

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For the past four Mondays, we’ve been looking at transformations. In boiling water, eggs become hard and carrots become soft, but coffee beans transform their circumstances into coffee. Under intense heat and pressure, black carbon transforms into transparent diamonds. Oysters turn their irritations into pearls. The crashing waves upon the sands of life polish broken glass into a beachcomber’s treasure. Today’s transformation focuses on silver. In nature, silver is usually found in a combination with

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Another week, another example of being transformed by the journey. Today, let’s look at sea glass. Also known as beach glass, it is glass found on the beaches of oceans and large lakes that has been tumbled by the action of water and sand until smoothed and frosted. The scattered pieces are collected by beachcombers into jars or fashioned into pieces of jewelry. A classic example of trash transformed into a treasure. What about the

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In our continuing look at being transformed by the journey, today let’s take a closer look at the pearl. An oyster produces a pearl when foreign material becomes trapped inside the shell. The oyster responds to the irritation by producing nacre, a combination of calcium and protein. The nacre coats the foreign material and over time produces a pearl. Think of it like you just got a piece of dust in your eye. Tears flow

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In continuing our look at how the journey changes us, I’d like to look at the example of the diamond. Think about a hunk of black carbon. Bury it about 100 miles underground where it encounters intense heat from the Earth’s mantle. And intense pressure from that much rock sitting on top of it! Under those conditions, the carbon can melt and the atoms can line up in a cubic formation. Now you have a