I’ve been shopping for a new dining room table to replace the old table that’s been a steady fixture in our home for the last 20 years. Shopping for furniture is stressful enough by itself, but I was not prepared for the emotional weight of it as well. I looked at my old table with its scratches and worn chairs. It needed to be replaced with something new and refreshing, but each time I tried to pick out a new table I hesitated with just a bit of melancholy. I’ve served many meals around that table. There have been Thanksgiving celebrations, birthday parties, moments of joy and even a few tears. I remember a picture taken of me holding my two-day old baby son while sitting at that […]
Stories are powerful. People relate to them easily. I have found that people remember stories far more than just stating a bunch of facts. Jesus used this same method, often speaking in parables to the people of his time. It was about something real in their life. This is who Jesus was and is. He cared about people’s needs. He responded first to their basic human needs before reaching out to their hearts. Jesus understood. Even today, it is still the same. The following story is not a particularly happy story of miracles or hope, but it is that of the basic human need inside all of us. One may think this could never happen to me, and I hope it never does, but we are all […]
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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life, hope, and faith she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study.