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esther – by esterlyn

University Avenue in Minneapolis is the most widely prostituted street per capita in the whole nation. The Federal Bureau of Investigation identified Minneapolis as one of 13 cities with a high concentration of criminal enterprises promoting juvenile commercial sexual exploitation.  The paint’s peeling off the streets again and I drive and I close my eyes … Continue reading

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blessed are those who mourn.

Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfortthan be comforted, to understand than to beunderstood; to love than to be loved; for it is byforgetting self that one finds; it is by forgiving thatone is forgiven; it is by dying that one awakensto eternal life.– St. Francis of Assisi  When all seems fairly lost … Continue reading

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put to sea.

Okay so this isn’t anything terribly deep or weighty, but I just got this picture of a ship stuck in my mind the other day when I was thinking of my life. Ha that’s a bit trite. I think this is a very normal reflection. I have like three really important decisions that I find … Continue reading

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come away.

“Come out from among them and be seperate, says the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 6:17 My beloved, you do not need to make your path, for I go before you. Yes, I will engineer circumstances on your behalf. I am your husband; I will protect you, care for you, and make full provision for you.I know … Continue reading

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betel.

I miss our Betel kids. Every monday night, a bunch of us would go down to the park in the neighborhood adjacent to the Betel Spanish church in downtown Saint Paul and spend some time romping around the playground and open field with the kids. They are so beautiful and so curious about this ‘Jesus.’ … Continue reading

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this present age.

Modern observations. I think we can all relate. 1. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is. 2. Shirts get dirty. Socks gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever. 3. Nothing stinks more than that moment during an argument … Continue reading