I sat in my favorite seaside restaurant enjoying a platter of fried catfish and hush puppies.  The food was delicious but I had to hold back the tears as my husband and I adjusted to a “table for two” instead of a “table for three”, now that our son was away in college.  I thought I would burst out crying when the hostess asked me, “How many for dinner?”  I wanted to stop and tell her all about my wonderful son who used to come with us.  I can still feel my husband rolling his eyes behind me. As I enjoyed the food in the unusual quietness of our table, I suddenly remembered why I always liked to order the catfish.  It was a comforting […]
“Maggie darted about like a black-stockinged bird, in search of wood for the fireplace. She and her grandmother lived at the edge of a lonely cranberry bog in New England, and the winds were cold at the edge of the sea.”  (Cranberry Thanksgiving, Wende and Harry Devlin, 1971) These words were magical to me as young child.  They are the beginning of the classic children’s book, Cranberry Thanksgiving, by Wende and Harry Devlin.  First written in 1971, the book had a huge impact on me as a child, and I never forgot its meaning or its captivating pictures.  As a 7-year-old girl, I was already old enough to know the world could be a confusing place.  People could be unkind, though I didn’t know why.  Some […]
It’s been nine years since my grandmother passed away.  I still think of her, but time has that elusive way of slipping by.  I imagine her and Grandpa smiling down from Heaven – oh, what a reunion that must have been.  There are times when I wish she was still here.  I would like to tell her things, and take my son to visit with her one more time as we did when he was young.  Now, my son is almost grown.  Over the years, I have sometimes asked God to send one of His special angels to look after my son.  I know my son has an angel… she helped guide him to safety once on the ski trails […]

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About the Author

Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life and hope 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. Her stories of life, hope, and everyday faith show how we can experience real faith in our daily lives.