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The Potter

Jeremiah 18:1-4 I hunch over my heavy wooden work table. It is early morning, but I am sweating already as I pick up the heavy hunk of orangey-red clay and fling it forcefully down on the table, then knead it, … Continue reading

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To a Tree

Caesar, I called you. You were bald in the middle of your top, with a crown of leaves all around, and somehow I had the idea that Emperors looked like that. Yours were not laurel leaves of victory, though. They … Continue reading

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Emmanuel

A Commentary on the Lord’s Prayer By Corienne M. Hay [Note: Before her death, my mother completed a personally paraphrased harmony of the gospels which she called Emmanuel. You will notice that all personal pronoun I’s are in lower case. … Continue reading

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The Innkeeper’s Story, Chapter Five–Finale

Jonathan closed his eyes. “Where’s your Yeshua and His heavenly Father now?” screamed Shem. “Shem!” The strength of Jemima’s voice startled everyone. “Calm yourself, my son.” “Calm myself!” shouted Shem. “We’re going to be murdered, and God doesn’t even care!” … Continue reading

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The Innkeeper’s Story, Chapter Four

The morning sun warmed the tiny courtyard behind the kitchen. There were no guests; even the ruffians had finally left. Jemima, Joanna, and Rachel had laid out a newly shorn fleece and were beginning to sort and pick it. They … Continue reading

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The Innkeeper’s Story, Chapter Three

Shoshana and her sisters had thought Mother and Grandmother kept them busy before. There was always a lot of food to prepare, and cleaning to do. But now, with the inn full and an unconscious man in the corner of … Continue reading

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The Innkeeper’s Story, Chapter Two

Hiram raced to the courtyard, Micah at his heels. The sight that greeted him brought him up short, puffing and wheezing. For a minute he could only stare. A Samaritan—a Samaritan—stood here in his inn! And not only that, Micah … Continue reading

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THE INNKEEPER’S STORY, Chapter One

“House! House!” The impatient shout from outside the courtyard was accompanied by the telltale creaking, jingling, and stamping of a long pack string. Hiram, the innkeeper, was busy counting stacks of coins. “Shem!” he shouted. “Shem!” The inn would be … Continue reading

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A Three-Way Conversation, in Three Acts

Based on Acts 9.   Act One—a room in a house in Damascus, the home of a Christian disciple, Ananias.   God: Ananias. Ananias (jumps, startled): Yes? God: Get up and go to Straight Street, to Judas’ house. Look for … Continue reading

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Master Weaver

  This is the second week of Lent, for those Christians who follow the traditional church calendar. Lent is a centuries-old tradition intended to encourage 40 days of prayerful introspection, soul-searching, and seeking healing. Part of one of the scriptural … Continue reading

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