The Weakest Reed

He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle.

August 22, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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When it’s time to admit you’re foolish and weak

Sometimes I wonder if Doubting Thomas gets a bad rap.  That adjective’s permanently affixed to his name as if Jesus Himself placed it there.  Actually, Thomas’ name never appears that way in scripture.  Reading through John, the whole story unfolds … Continue reading

August 20, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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A decidedly unspiritual post….

OK, I read it this morning too.  The sweet but inspiring post written for us moms with babies entering Kindergartner in the fall.  And I’m feeling the twinge.  Probably more than I’d like to admit.  But overall, I’m anticipating the … Continue reading

August 19, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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What if sometimes it is not more blessed to give than to receive?

The last few weeks, I’ve been thinking about compassion. Moms are sort of the archetypical picture of compassion, soothing fevered brows and kissing scraped knees and all that.  But these days mothering feels to me more like small bodies hurtling … Continue reading

August 1, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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When you wonder if you’re good enough, smart enough and whether or not God likes you

Sometime ago a part of me starting curling into itself self-protectively.  Soft at first, like a snail separated from its shell.  But after a few good hits from life , it hardened itself into a balled fist. Once in a … Continue reading