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From Here

From Here
Suzanne Elizabeth Anderson
On Tuesday, I woke and checked my iPhone and read my daily Bible verse: “Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35)
With the Bread of Life, we are nourished spiritually. Then we are called to share this sustaining love with others, sometimes by sharing actual bread.
With a smile I remembered that evening would begin my second season on Maggie’s team. We will cook and serve the community dinner at St. John’s Episcopal church each fourth Tuesday for the next six months. I jumped out of bed and headed to the kitchen to make a large pan of spicy cornbread to go with the double batch of beef chili I’d finished the day before.
While the cornbread baked, I began my devotions. I opened my Bible at random and began reading: “As Jesus stood in the Temple, he was watching the rich tossing their gifts into the collection box. Then a poor widow came by and …

A rejection letter sparks a downward spiral

Suzanne Elizabeth Anderson
On Friday I came in from a late afternoon walk with my two Newfoundland dogs, and opened the email I’d been waiting for:
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in the writing position here ...We enjoyed the time we spent with you during the interview process and were grateful for your time. At this time, we have filled those positions. We will pray that you find your next position within the right organization in which God has planned for you.”
I have received many, many rejection letters during my job search. But this was different. I thought I was perfect for this job: I would be writing grants to obtain funding for charities of the Catholic Church. I would be fulfilling my desire to be, as Saint Teresa of Calcutta said, “a pencil in God’s hand.” Financially, I needed this job. I had prayed desperately for this job.
On Friday night, I cried so hard that I burst a blood vessel in my left eye.
On Saturday, I attended evening M…