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18th Hole

The image that Kristi described of Brian reaching up toward heaven as he died reminds me of what my sister Patsy said about our mother’s final hours… Love the image! Continue reading

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Watching Death

Among the things that I admire is the devotion of women and men to one another in those final hours. Continue reading

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In Memory of Vachel Murphy

Even in the cruelness of cancer,
faith still holds in the passing,
shared lives still bear the blessing
of those who sleep in Jesus. Continue reading

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A Passing in the Night

A dusting of snow
glows on the grass
beneath the light
mounted on the pole
in the neighbor’s yard. Continue reading

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Compromise

At ninety,
when his kidneys began to fail,
he decided he was tired of the fighting,
tired of the tooth and nail,
tired of what it takes
to hold on to this world. Continue reading

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Witness of Weakness

Passing through our middle years, we are still occasionally surprised not to see that younger memory of ourselves when we look in the mirror. Continue reading

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A Slow Planting

This body is not the substance of our immortality but is rather its seed. And no seed can bear its fruit until it has been planted. Continue reading

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A Good Planting

A few of us linger for a while,
near the grave,
waiting in the shade of hickory and oak,
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Woodworking

Knowing that Dad has been lingering on death’s threshold for over a week, we’ve put in long hours each day, hoping to have the casket finished by the time it was needed.
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The Noise of Wings

Fervent in preaching, devout in belief and constant in showing care to neighbors and church members, Dad has walked all but his last few steps upon this earth. He will leave the legacy of many good men: his virtues well known and his faults mostly private. Continue reading

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