Monthly Archives: May 2014

It’s for the Birds

Another great post from Kathy Cunsolo!

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Normally I walk around my neighborhood in the evenings. Well, I used to. I’m attempting to pick the habit back up after a long hiatus due to bad weather and laziness. So to change it up, I decided to walk the earlier hours of the morning. I am not a good sleeper so 5:OO am seemed the perfect time.

To my surprise the entire animal world is awake and NOISY!!!
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Crossing the Pond: Reflections on Life and Luggage

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I’m writing this from the back of a taxi. Frantically typing while traditional¬†Arab music drones on the background and my taxi driver interjects with Arabic words he thinks I should know. All the while trying not to be crushed by my luggage.

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Dream Killer, Part 8: Lessons Learned

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Lesson from Job: The world is a mess.
Lesson from Abraham: You can’t control everything.
Lesson from Joseph: Have patience.
Lesson from Jonah: Love and obey.
Lesson from John the Baptist: Suffering affirms or rejects your faith.
Lesson from Paul: Suffering builds perseverance, character, and hope.

The Biblical characters who truly suffered, Abraham, Moses, Job, David Paul, and others cried out to God in their anguish. They didn’t do anything to create the atrocity accept follow God’s direction. And they were met with famine, a murmuring people, devastation, a life on the run and death. The suffering was part of the plan. The suffering was part of the good. The suffering was because they were called to something deeper, something greater.

Suffering isn’t all there is. Death isn’t the end. The caterpillar does become the butterfly. The seed that gives its life becomes a beautiful plant. There is a purpose. Even in this.
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Then, when the storm is over, and you’re surrounded by chaos and debris, it’s time to clean up and move forward.

Faith is a bridge over which we can cross all the unknown waters of tomorrow. Amish proverb

The cup of sorrow, inconceivable as it seems, is also the cup of joy. Only when we discover this in our own life can we consider drinking it. Henri Nouwen

 

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Beautiful Nothingness

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A caravan of foreigners loaded up their vehicles with camping gear, hiking paraphanalia and treats. As we rode down the Desert Highway our friend’s little boy pointed out the sheep, shepherds and camels along the way. The dust billowed behind our car as we continued our descent into the desert on our way to Rummana Camp at Wadi Dana Nature Reserve.

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Dream Killer, Part 7: Paul, Maintaining Joy in Pain

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God does his most stunning work where things seem hopeless and wherever there is pain, suffering and desperation, Jesus is. – Pastor Jim Cymbala

Because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ. Philippians 1:5-6

We closed our cafe this week. After six excruciating months of disappointment, it was time. We were dangerously close to being completely out of money. The last of what we have will be used to pay severance for the beautiful women who worked for us and for lawyer’s fees and government fees. It’s simply over. Continue reading

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