The Weakest Reed

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

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 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

June 24, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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When they say you’re a new creation and you just don’t really feel that way

This week my kids and I threw ourselves and some lunch into the car to gather with a friend and her kids.  As happens often to the conversations between mothers at home with their young children, our words were both … Continue reading

June 2, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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On having faith, being disappointed and how it all just kind of sucks sometimes

When I hear a statement like “It was even better than I could have possibly imagined,” I find myself suspecting it likely has more to do with a lack of imagination than the quality of the actual experience.  More often … Continue reading

May 27, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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What if the best thing we have going for us isn’t that we’re special but simply that we’re available?

The last couple of weeks I’ve had a series of panic-inducing dreams, waking regularly gasping for breath.  Some nights I have been trapped in our house, unable to get out. Others, I have an opportunity to pursue something amazing outside … Continue reading

May 20, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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When the improper approach to Jesus is entirely proper

We all have certain distinguishing identities, labels that make it easier for the world to make sense of who we are and how we fit into it.  A mother.  A student.  A businessman.  Our life takes on the trappings of … Continue reading

May 16, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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When you’re not the “good” Christian

I have a very difficult time shutting off my brain.  I analyze.  I ponder. I percolate. I ruminate. I wonder as I wander. It just never stops.  And I’m an introvert so without some space and time to organize thoughts … Continue reading

May 7, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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Is it strange that fear of God can draw us closer to Him?

Awaking from a bad dream is a different kind of waking.  It is not the gradual, sun-dappled arousal of a slow Sunday morning.  It is the sensation of a reverse drowning–being pulled from shadowy, deep, moving river into the drier … Continue reading