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The One Minute Miracle
Suzanne Elizabeth Anderson
At nine years old, Henry, one of my two Newfoundland dogs, is a senior citizen. So I’m not surprised when he wakes me this morning at 4:20 a.m. to go outside. As I waited by the door for Henry to return, I glanced at the night sky. What I saw caused me to gasp.
Against the inky blackness, a tapestry of stars filled the sky so completely, they seemed alive with bustling activity. Stars, planets, and the snowy trail of the Milky Way spilled across the sky. My eyesight was not sharp enough to take in the entire magnificent firmament.
When Henry and I returned to the house and I to my bed, I was torn with the desire to go back outside to look at the sky again or remain snug in my bed. I stopped myself because I knew a second view would not surpass the first. Instead, I rested against the pillows and savored the memory of the stars. The experience lasted less than a minute, but it proved what a difference one minute can make when we are fu…

Whispers - A Book Review

Another winning, motivating, inspiring book by Mark Patterson, the best-selling author Mark Batterson. This is the type of book you can pick up and read just one chapter, in any order and feel inspired to go out and make your life better. As a fellow writer, I loved Mark's story of how he heard God's call to become a writer. Each chapter focuses on another way that God reaches out to us: scripture, desires, doors, dreams, people, promptings, pain. The book is filled with examples and stories from the lives of others. This is a book that will help you to feel better about where you are and where you are going.
Finding the Meaning of Our Relationship with God in Nature Suzanne Elizabeth Anderson
Morning walks with my Newfoundland dogs are an experience of vibrant autumn colors so stark that they stand against one another, sharp delineated lines that can only be found in nature as she heralds her last glory before the dormancy of winter. Against a cloudless cerulean sky, Quandry peak cuts the sky with sharp-edged steel colored rock among the first blankets of winter snow, sinking into pine green forests and golden Aspens, as my eye travels down the mountain’s flank to the dirt road where I stand. Last spring, when I had pneumonia, one of the ‘little books’ I read was “The Lily of the Field and the Bird of the Air” by nineteenth century theologian and philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard. He wrote a fifty-one-page treatise on ten verses from the sixth chapter of Matthew, a simple and beautiful parable told by Jesus using common symbols from nature to demonstrate God’s love for us. These verses se…