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Come for the Funeral, Stay for Jesus

By Susan Esther Barnes

January 29, 2014 | 12:30 am

Photo by Susan Esther Barnes

Last weekend I attended the funeral for my husband’s cousin. It was held in a church in a small town in Oregon, about an hour and a half from Portland. I don’t, for obvious reasons, spend... read on

  • Unexpected Grief

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    January 22, 2014 | 12:30 am

    Late last week my husband’s parents called to let us know that my husband’s cousin had died unexpectedly. I had never met this cousin, so, although I expected to comfort my husband for his loss, I didn’t expect to be doing any mourning myself. I was mistaken.

    Perhaps it was the... read on

  • What Will You Do When The Big One Hits?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    January 15, 2014 | 12:30 am

    Anyone who has lived in California for any period of time knows it’s only a matter of time before a large earthquake, colloquially known as “The Big One” hits us here on the left coast. Although only some of us actually have an “earthquake kit,” we all know we ought to have extra... read on

  • Where Are You, Jahi McMath?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    January 8, 2014 | 12:30 am

    For weeks, I’ve been having an internal debate about whether to write about this particular tragedy. If I were to write about it, what point(s) would I want to make that I haven’t seen made elsewhere? What is missing from this discussion?

    In case you somehow missed it, Jahi... read on

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