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No Empty Nest Here

August 31, 2017 — Leave a comment

I was waiting at a restaurant so popular you often have to stand in line to get a table. She waited behind me. The mother of older teens who had adopted one more.

She spoke to me, perhaps not realizing how profound she was being.

“Just because you’re older, doesn’t mean you’re done parenting.”

We’d had three exchange students by then, but all had come when we had one or two kids still at home.

When I was standing at the restaurant, we were empty nesters. But life can change with one spoken sentence. So my life was changed. Continue Reading…

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I was volunteering at a crisis pregnancy center (CPC) years ago when the couple walked in. They were young, but he was older than she was. He was clearly “of age.” She was clearly not.

Our policy was to talk to the woman alone. To tell her whether she was pregnant where she could express herself freely, where she would not be under the influence or power of someone else.

This man refused to let us tell her anything. He just wanted to know. Was she pregnant? When he understood that he would not receive the information himself, he said, “I’ll just take her to Pittsburgh.”

To Pittsburgh, for an abortion.

She had not spoken a word. They left. Continue Reading…

I was going through the college cafeteria line to buy a chocolate chip cookie and a cup of tea after my morning class. Looking forward to a few quiet moments before I headed to my job, I had a magazine in hand opened to an article about creation. Behind me in line was a professor. As I set the magazine down to retrieve my cookie, a sentence about God having formed the world caught his eye.

No quiet moment now. He asked me about the article, then followed me to my table. He stood as I sat. Continue Reading…