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Helen Luhrs

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Fauci, Pitching, and Perfection

Dr. Anthony Fauci is my hero. The well-known immunologist has spoken calmly and professionally about the COVID-19 pandemic. Yes, I admire him for all his scientific knowledge, articulate presence on the news, and immense intelligence, but that is not what…
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Monday is Wash Day

A few months ago, when we were still gathering for worship, we sat in church celebrating our granddaughter Annie’s baptism. The priest poured water generously over her little head.He spoke. ”Do you not know that all of us who have…
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Missing Church

Growing up I had a super-churched life. My home church held two services each Sunday, and we did not miss either one. Winter meant going to church in the morning, hurrying home for Sunday dinner, and then heading back at…
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Things that are the same

In this time of COVID-19, things I once took for granted, like dropping in for tea at a friend’s house, having people over, and stopping for groceries a couple times a week, just aren’t happening. I am desperately on a…
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Unpacking

Today I unpacked my suitcase for a trip I didn’t take. I don’t much like unpacking after a great trip, but I’m usually happy to be home and enjoy remembering what I did as I fill the laundry basket. I…
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Deer Thoughts

As I rounded a curve on a walk at Lake Red Rock, I saw people gathered on the trail. They were looking into the woods along the trail and pointing. Motioning for me to be quiet, the nearest walker whispered,…
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Mom’s Potholders

Before we kids left home, I remember spring and summer evenings as hours filled with checking on the garden, watching storms gather, sweeping the kitchen floor, and finally getting us kids to bed. When Mom and Dad became empty-nesters, however,…
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Legacy #9, Graag of helemaal niet

By Helen Luhrs When my mom died this winter, I realized the generation of my parents was gone. What I learned from them about faith and life was now mine to practice and pass on. To help me remember what…
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Legacy #8, Christmas and Duty

By Helen Luhrs When my mom died this winter, I realized the generation of my parents was gone. What I learned from them about faith and life was now mine to practice and pass on. To help me remember what…
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Legacy #7, Tombstones

By Helen Luhrs When my mom died this winter, I realized the generation of my parents was gone. What I learned from them about faith and life was now mine to practice and pass on. To help me remember what…