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Laura de Jong

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Ceilings and Suit Jackets

Two weeks ago, on a warm-for-November Saturday night, I sat in an Adirondack chair beside my friend’s fire pit, an iPad perched on a little folding table between us, waiting for Joe Biden to make his first speech after the…
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Prayers of the Saints

Here’s a conversation I had on Monday.Me: “I have to write my blog yet this week.”Friend: “What are you going to write about?”Me: “No idea. I feel like I have to wait to see where things are…who knows what we’ll…
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Onward Christian Soldiers

Last week we received a postcard in the church mail. No sender, no note – just this image on the front and our church address on the back. If you can’t see it clearly, it’s a photo of men holding…
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Anne Days

“Dear old world, you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”That quote greets me every morning. I stump downstairs to the kitchen, dump some food in the cat’s bowls and fumble around for the light…
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Wholeheartedness and Whole30

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling like things are a little bit all over the place these days. I'm excited about a new ministry season. I'm sad it won't be exactly how I imagined it. I'm nervous about…
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Wonderpeople

Last weekend I had a transformative experience.Standing beside my friend’s tent-trailer, I suddenly became a different person. All because I was given a shovel, which I was instructed to hold upright, and when three-year-old Quinn made the proper chopping motion…
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Away Home

On Tuesday night the Toronto Blue Jays played their first “Home” game in their new home-away-from-home, Sahlen Field, in Buffalo, New York. Normally the home of Toronto’s triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons, this summer the field is playing host to…
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Divine Comedy

I didn’t think I’d ever be chums with John Cena, but then I suppose Covid-19 has led us all into some surprising situations. Back in seminary, friends of mine collected life-size cardboard cutouts, like those you’d see in a movie…
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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…