Author Archives: rstaples2013

Then Jesus Danced for Me!

(a written account of a recent Sunday Morning worship encounter). _______________________________________________________________ As I entered the sanctuary I knew, deep in my spirit, that this team of dancers who had come to lead our worship service, were themselves encountering God with … Continue reading

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In the Master’s Hand

I couldn’t wait to get there. As I was driving the almost hour it took, I pondered why I was so looking forward to this particular morning with my friend. I recognized that it might be rational to dread it. … Continue reading

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Marital Status

This morning I am pondering the question my adopted granddaughter asked me last night. “Besta, (Norwegian for Grandma) are you still married now that Virgil died?” I hadn’t really thought about it. I answered, “I don’t think so. Then, for … Continue reading

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Cookie Crumbs and Cat Hair

As I step into this new season, I wake up to quiet. I no longer hear the rhythmic thud of my husband’s quad cane as he struggles to cross the kitchen floor. I no longer hear the ding of a … Continue reading

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The Words I Needed to Hear

Thoughts intrude upon my mind with messages not of my own creation. In the blur of the night following my husband’s death, these words woke me form my fitful sleep: “This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our … Continue reading

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Maybe we Paint an Onion

“What would you like us to do today on your 92nd birthday?” This was my question yesterday to my husband.  His immediate response was “Maybe we should paint an onion.” Given his dementia, I am usually not surprised by unexpected … Continue reading

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Just this one relationship…

I doubt that there is anyone who has better friends or more friends than I do.  I am grateful to God and to my friends for the gift they are to me. Yet, I find myself mourning the lack of … Continue reading

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