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Kids’ Book Release Party: You’re invited!

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My friend Angela Henderson is releasing her second children’s book this Friday. If you’re at home with kids or grands, or even if you consider yourself a big kid, join the fun.

Receive a free printable coloring sheet based on characters in her new book when you sign up for Angela’s newsletter.

And JOIN Angela for the launch of Isaac & Izzy’s Tree House, coming out May 15.  She’s doing a Facebook Live Book Party at 2 PM Central that day. 

🎫Please accept the invite and get  Free Tickets to the launch event on FaceBook Live.

When you RSVP, she’ll place your name into a “Wheel of Names” for fun prizes: Krispy Kreme gift card, Chick-fil-a meals, author and illustrator donations, a copy of my book Earl Grey with Ephesians (a little incentive for the grown-ups), and more. She’ll have 15 WINNERS on the 15th. 

So, get your …

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Meditations on COVID-19

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Catherine of Siena has a particularly relevant story as our world faces what could be the Black Death of MMXX.

One hundred seventy years before the Protestant Reformation, the plague of the day swept through Siena, and by AD 1349, half the population was dead. Half. Fifty percent. Not one percent. Not two percent. Fifty. In some places even sixty percent. They didn’t have tests. So maybe somebody exaggerated. So let’s just round down to fifty.  

In the middle of this—the first of several such pandemics—Catherine was born. Her parents’ twenty-fourth child, Catherine lost a twin at birth. A younger sister after her died as well, making Catherine the youngest of a very large family. And from a young age, she was devoted to Christ.

When the plague came roaring back in 1374, it affected every last citizen. If they didn’t die themselves, they buried half or more of their …

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And All Flesh Shall See It Together

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Signorelli, Orvieto Cathedral. “Resurrection of the Flesh.” 1500.

Dad.

Arlington Cemetery. Easter Morn.

Hundreds. No, thousands, of tombstones.

The carillon rang out and we sang together

“Christ the Lord is Risen today!”

First of the harvest.

More to follow.

Someday me.

Flesh replaces metal bar in my shoulder. Scars on hips and forehead morphed to pink skin. Or maybe celebrated as meals delivered, prayers offered, reminders that community hugged, brought casseroles, showed up.

Reunion with my body 2.0.

Naked I came. So did he.

Naked he returned. So will I.

Naked he will rise. I will too. Because…

Incarnation.

Resurrection.

Ascension.

All embodied.

Raised to new life. This time literally.

The communion of the saints and the holy catholic church

United in glory-flesh

In the new city.

Wall-less. Fortress-less. Police-less. Prison-less.

The redeemed finally seeing “earth and heav’n be one.” On earth as it is in heaven,

Bouncing on toes …

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