Author: Sandra Heska King

carrying christmas

My husband and I will celebrate our 42nd wedding anniversary on Wednesday. On Friday, I’ll remove my diamond rings. Not to worry, though. It’s only temporary. I’ve had my flu shot, popped my first malaria pills, and packed last year’s Cipro just in case. I’m making a list and checking it twice, three times, four. Because on Friday morning, I’ll board a plane for Nashville to meet up with a team from Long Hollow Baptist Church. And on Saturday, I’m going back to Jeremie, Haiti. I’ll be away from home for ten days. Here’s the thing. A big part...

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three musicians you should know

I’m trying to come down from a Frio River high after four days at Laity Lodge in the Hill Country of Texas with members of The High Calling. On second thought, I don’t want to come down. I want to immerse myself in the sounds of running water and a crackling fire, the clatter of dishes, quiet whispers and holy laughter, soft prayers in corners where two or three had gathered, and voices raised in worship. And I can do that virtually because Facebook is virtually exploding with photos. I met three new-to-me musicians there–Christopher Williams along with Drew and...

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what to do when you’re scared spitless

Sandra’s note: Susan Etole sees deeper than many I know. She’s uncapped her pen today to share just a few words with us about the power of scripture when we’re facing dragons. Susan writes: I’m apprehensive going into this procedure. Scared spitless would be a more truthful description but somehow it doesn’t seem appropriate to admit that. Apprehension seems acceptable, fear doesn’t. Before my son retires to his room for the night, I ask him to read some scripture. He chooses Psalm 139. As the words begin to tumble through my heart the fear begins to ebb and peace...

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how we love

Lillee bounces down the aisle and slides into the pew like she comes to this church with us every week. She pulls a hymn book out of the rack. When time comes for the children’s sermon, she beats everyone to the platform steps and takes a seat next to Miss Jeannie, then stands up on the top step. “I love you, Nama!” she yells. Lillee is my littlest grandgirl. She’s three. And almost a half. Miss Jeannie reads from Joshua 24:15. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will...

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when you find it hard to forgive

When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong which we did to him!” So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father charged before he died, saying, ‘Thus you shall say to Joseph, “Please forgive, I beg you, the transgression of your brothers and their sin, for they did you wrong.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. ~Genesis 50:15-17 (NASB) To forgive the...

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eyes of mercy

  The Keurig spills medium roast into my blue “His compassions never fail” mug. I wince because this brew was on sale, and if I’m going to drink coffee at all, I really need to spring for fair trade. I’m pretty sure this isn’t. I find the remote hidden under a used napkin behind Grace’s leftover Hello Kitty birthday cake. Hers is the first face I see on the television, a fourish-year-old little mystery girl named Maria. This is the first I’ve heard of her. I go in search of more information. A sharp-eyed prosecutor who accompanied Greek police...

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of waterfalls, honey, and mushrooms

The upper falls, they say, is the third largest vertical waterfall east of the Mississippi at over 200 feet across with a 48-foot drop. The river falls at more than 50,000 gallons per second and looks like honey tumbled. “Look,” my husband says. “There’s why.” He points to pennies glowing gold where visitors have wished on water. We laugh. Because in truth, tannic acid from decaying evergreens (hemlock, cedar, and spruce) that line the banks lends its amber color to the water. Can it be that sometimes richness comes from rotting? Autumn casts a golden hue over the whole...

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