The Weakest Reed

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

December 1, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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Whose fault is Ferguson?

I know I’m late in coming to this conversation publicly, but after a weekend of trying to respond individually to friends who posted things about Ferguson that ruffled my feathers, I realized I probably needed a place to get my … Continue reading

October 3, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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What do we really mean when we say we must proclaim the truth at all costs?

(Please see the note at the bottom of this post.) Last week, autumn ran a high fever.  I took oddly sweat-prickled walks in an environment that would normally be associated with cr-words like crisp and crunch and crumble, used interchangeably … Continue reading

September 18, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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When you’re afraid to hope…

Sometimes, mostly when we’re younger, Hope is an animal of mythical proportions, comprised of features that would not dare, on this planet, to gather together on any single animal that grazes or soars or swims.  We like to hitch ourselves … Continue reading

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

July 28, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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A Bible story that would make for some sensational reality tv

There is an ancient story of a time when God, having grown tired of the wayward tendencies of his people the Israelites, uses the life of the prophet Hosea as a real-life object lesson. God commands Hosea to marry a … Continue reading

July 26, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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So you’ve got all the latest. Now what?

I’ve always been afraid to admit this, even to myself, because I feel like it reveals some sort of horrible truth about me.  I hate the book The Giving Tree.  I know the “right” reaction to this children’s classic picture … Continue reading

July 14, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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When you find yourself in THAT place. Again. Still. (Or: It’s ok if everything’s not ok)

In the same way any word transforms itself into a virtually indistinguishable collection of lines and curves after having been written over and over again, I’ve begun to wonder what exactly is the meaning of that phrase so often dispensed … Continue reading