Author Archives: Anna

The (Not) Lonely Planet

The preacher at church today spoke on one of my favorite passages of Scripture in Mark 14. Mary poured out an extremely expensive perfume on to Jesus’ feet as an act of pure, costly devotion. One point that he got … Continue reading

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Don’t Get Carried Away

“Are the comforts of God too small for you, or the word that deals gently with you? Why does your heart carry you away…?” Job 15:11-12 We often use that expression, “Don’t get carried away.” It’s usually used when we … Continue reading

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My Only Resolution

It was laundry day—on its own, not a particularly challenging day. In fact, I find washing clothes with my hands relaxing. It’s almost… therapeutic. After a couple of hours of being done, however, the water stopped. Now, this isn’t new. … Continue reading

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Departure Checklist

I’m not one for keeping a checklist when I travel. I’ve tried, but I always forget where I put the list. Somewhere stuck in my head is a list of many things I have forgotten while packing numerous times. It … Continue reading

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Only Until You Die

I woke up with these words in my head: “Only until you die.” I had been dreaming (or should I say thinking while I was asleep) about being in a battlefield. It was the battlefield of missions, where one has … Continue reading

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Catching Tears

“If I were to commit murder, I know it would do no good.” I listened to the heart of a father who felt helpless in the face of family tragedy, fully understanding the cracking voice and the flowing tears. When … Continue reading

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Destination Unknown

I wonder how many hours are lost in our lives while waiting at airports. My record time for waiting is 24 hours, when a budget airline failed to give notice that my second flight was canceled. It was all ok … Continue reading

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Say Yes

Many years ago, the name Gershom made an indelible mark on my heart. Gershom was the name Moses’ first son. He gave him that name because he was a stranger, a sojourner in that land. I asked God back then … Continue reading

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“These Children Are Mine”

“Vulnerability” is a word that had a new meaning for me when I came to Uganda. I learned it anew specifically in relation to children. It seemed like every NGO I encountered was working with “vulnerable children.” Now that I’ve … Continue reading

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Winning by Losing

The world tuned in to the great fight: Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather. It wasn’t just Filipino pride at stake. It seemed to be a battle between good and evil. Their team shirts said it all. Manny’s read “all the … Continue reading

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