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Laura de Jong

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Swimming in the Detroit River

My aunt tried to cross the border last week. She’s a Canadian living in Germany with a daughter living in Michigan. She flew to Canada, quarantined at my parent’s house for two weeks, and then drove to the border, believing…
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Song Stories

One of my summer jobs in college was researching and compiling hymn stories – the history of composers, authors, tunes, and circumstances, for Hymnary.org. I love a good hymn story. I love the idea that the songs we sing today…
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Heavy Lifting

SaturdayPianos, it turns out, are heavy. Like, really heavy. Like, three days later, still feeling the back ache heavy.After three months of working out of my living room, I’m finally taking down my makeshift office space – a desk plunked…
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Sandwiches

Instagram moves in mysterious ways.I was lying in bed a few nights ago, scrolling through my Instagram feed as you’re not supposed to do before bed, when two posts in a row caught my eye. The first was from “Humans…
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Bye Bye Li’l Sebastian

Saturday morning I made myself a cup of coffee, wrapped myself in a blanket on the couch, and turned on the Parks and Rec Special. If you haven’t watched the special and are planning to, spoiler alert. But honestly if…
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Re-membering

Just going to brag about my congregation for a minute. It was my birthday on Sunday. I, like many whose birthday falls during this quarantine period, was anticipating a quiet day. I was going to work on a paper for…
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Beautifully, Stupidly Needy

John 13:3-5: Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped…
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A Decent Thing

Last week I presided over my sixteenth funeral since taking up post as pastor of Second CRC two and a half years ago. The fifteenth funeral had taken place two weeks prior. Funerals come in batches, it seems, especially when…
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What the Pope Said

Monday night I finally got around to watching The Two Popes on Netflix. Directed by Fernando Mereilles, the film centers around Pope Benedict’s surprising resignation from the papacy in 2013, and Pope Francis’ unlikely ascendancy into the same role. It’s…