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A Path Forward

By Megan Westra / March 13, 2020 /

Scripture: Exodus 1:15-21 “Hope presupposes the future will be better. I don’t know if I believe that but I believe we must try to make it better…Shining a light on the darkness into which I am proceeding gives other people light to see by, even if we are stumbling down the same dark path of…

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Lent in a Time of Coronavirus

By Megan Westra / March 12, 2020 /

Scripture: Hebrews 11:1 When I planned out Lent-ish, I had no idea that I would be writing reflections on hope during a global pandemic. I knew it would be difficult to fast from criticism and cynicism because of my personality, but I had no idea it would be so challenging based on the events in…

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Sedimentary Rock

By Megan Westra / March 11, 2020 /

“Hope is the act of wanting something to happen or to be true…Hope gives us strength to resist, to take action.”  – Anita Cameron, Resistance and Hope    “Where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away…And now these three remain:…

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DIY Manifesto

By Megan Westra / March 10, 2020 /

Today ends our week of focusing on vision. Saying what you’re “for” instead of only what you’re against. Holding out an idea of a hopeful future as you journey through seasons of lament. Because sometimes the seeds of what is to come are planted in the dungheap we’re facing in any given moment. And as…

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The Singing Stream

By Megan Westra / March 9, 2020 /

“The Real Work” (Wendell Berry)  It may be that when we no longer know what to do we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is…

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Rearview

By Megan Westra / March 8, 2020 /

Scripture: Luke 24:13-35   Vision is often considered as an exercise in looking ahead, toward something. But vision is also knowing when it’s time to walk away.  When the cracks have grown to deep. When the money has run out. When the relationship is beyond repair.  For some of the disciples, that moment arrived as…

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Band-aids

By Megan Westra / March 7, 2020 /

We are the house on the block that is the kid hub. Summer months are a steady flow of children on and off our front porch. Our driveway perpetually littered with broken pieces of sidewalk chalk and muddy footprints. We’re also the house that always has band-aids, which are in high demand whenever there are…

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The Mundane Steps

By Megan Westra / March 6, 2020 /

Scripture: Luke 16:10 My junior year of high school I was part of a coalition of students who banded together to push the leaders of our homeschool co-op to allow dancing at our annual Junior-Senior Banquet.   We met with sympathetic parents, pulled Bible verses about dancing out of context, and built our case. Dancing…

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Vision Board

By Megan Westra / March 5, 2020 /

Scripture: Proverbs 29:18 When I was in college I used to decoupage the covers of my journals. I would cut out pictures from magazines and print out inspirational quotes and craft the perfect cover for whatever season of life I was in. Like a vision board, but I could write in it.   I would…

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Life More Abundantly

By Megan Westra / March 4, 2020 /

Scripture: John 10:10   After my daughter was born in 2012 I went through a major faith deconstruction. (You can read all about that here.) I was so angry, so very angry at all the ways I felt like I had been lied to growing up. I raged in conversations and on the internet. “SMASH…

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