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My gentle man, my good master

YOUR $1.00 MATTERS TO US By Elizabeth Kelly Make no mistake, my husband is a man’s man. For his “bachelor party” my siblings gave him a day at a recreational facility called “Drive-A-Tank,” where he spent the afternoon with my brother firing World War 2 machine guns and driving an ...

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Keeping watch in the little hours

By Elizabeth Kelly When the good folks who organize perpetual adoration are trying to recruit adorers – a formidable and honorable task to be sure, one I certainly couldn’t do – this is the verse they often use on the flyer: “Can you not stay awake with me one hour?” ...

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To sink, or to dance

By Elizabeth Kelly My friend, I’ll call her “Veronica,” goes for the spiritual jugular, so to speak. It’s almost as if she avails herself to God and says, “All right, Lord, give me the toughest assignment you’ve got. Spare me no challenge.”  As an example, when she and her husband ...

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Mercy works

By Elizabeth Kelly When we met, Tammy had yet to reach her twenty-fifth birthday. It was her second stint in prison, this time on a charge of armed robbery. At home, she had two young children, whom Tammy’s father was raising. She rarely saw them. To say that there was ...

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Breaking into the ordinary 

By Elizabeth Kelly When I was a child, I loved most the wise men of our nativity set for their grandeur and color and elegance, and for the numinous gifts they brought to the Infant King. They were mysterious royalty from a far-off land who somehow possessed secret knowledge of ...

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Make some desert in your Advent

By Elizabeth Kelly It was just one of those days. I found myself sitting at my desk, overwhelmed with work and deadlines and decisions to be made, deep concerns over loved ones seriously ill. I love my work and my life, but it was just piling so high. I needed ...

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If a good man is hard to find

By Elizabeth Kelly If a good man is hard to find, maybe you’re not looking in the right places. Case in point: A few years ago, my brother married a lovely woman who was widowed when her husband was killed in a car crash – a crash that two of ...

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To “listen” one another

By Elizabeth Kelly There’s a quote I keep in my office from Douglas Steere, the Quaker, and I read it before every meeting I have, especially with directees. He writes, “To ‘listen’ another’s soul into a condition of disclosure and discovery may be almost the greatest service that any human ...

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Yoked not burdened

By Elizabeth Kelly Some years ago I developed this little habit when traveling alone: when boarding an airplane or a train, I would ask the Lord to give me the least desirable seat, the one no one else wanted, next to the crying baby, for example. I cannot count how ...

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