Linda Jensen leads a relatively quiet life in Westchester County, New York, as the owner of a highly-acclaimed garden. Inherited from her parents, the garden is her pride and joy. What is not so joyful is finding a strange man sprawled near her delphiniums! The mysterious man is sick, unable to do anything more than drink water—and beg for secrecy. Ignoring all alarm bells, Linda sees to his needs, but her caring act takes on unexpected significance, an unpresentable glory.


Birth Pangs

GIVING BIRTH IS A PAIN. Some of you know what I’m talking about. My first labor, six days of it, allows me to speak with some authority. Mary underwent her pain in grungy digs, but women have given birth in far worse places. A week later, however, Simeon—the old man...

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DANGER—Scam Ahead

GETTING SCAMMED and losing a hunk of cash is not the best way to celebrate Christmas. Not fun at all. Bare-bones account: The trickster—let’s call him Steve—said over the phone that he owed me $200 from some old account. He would put it back into my account—which he...

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As Kingfishers Catch Fire

Yeah, that title sounds bizarre, but it’s the normal sort of stuff that flows from Eugene Peterson. My friend George Varghese sent me the book, and it has set my heart on fire. In his sermon on what the Messiah would look like, Peterson lines out the then-current...

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Are You a Least or a Most?

We’re familiar with the phrase the least of these, as given by Jesus. Whatever we do for one of them, He says, we do for Him. But World columnist Andrée Seu Peterson turned that phrase on its head when she described her father-in-law as being “one of the most of...

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Sandbagged by God

ON TUESDAY MORNING, I WAS ASSAULTED BY THREE DIFFERENT READINGS. The first, while eating breakfast, was by Andrée Seu Peterson in  World Magazine. The old age of my father-in-law doesn’t fit my schedule. I phoned my husband between the nurse and PT visits. My Husband:...

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Author Eleanor Gustafson

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