A local youth group at a church recently advertised their slogan, “Take back your summer!” What a great idea, I thought. We’ve all lost so much over the last year and especially for our youth. So this is the summer to take back our lives. Get outside and see friends, have campfires and tell ghost stories, go to the beach, sit under the stars. Enjoy the warmth and the sunshine. Put down the phones – we’ve all done too much of that while being stuck inside. Spend the summer away from the headlines, most of which are only designed to keep us wanting more. Take it all back! You owe it to yourself. Make this the best summer yet! On […]
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For the first time in months – five to be exact but who’s counting, it has started to feel “normal” again. I first noticed the change while at the store recently. The atmosphere just felt different. Maybe it was because strangers started talking to each other again instead of averting their eyes. I had a delightful conversation with a lovely woman in the bakery about how good the cream cheese crescent ring looked. Then I noticed all the store shelves were fully stocked again. Instead of looking at rows and rows of depressingly empty shelves in the home stores, they were filled again with autumn wreaths and pumpkin spice candles. Ah, the pumpkin spice returns! We still have a long […]
They had been out all night and caught nothing.  They were hungry, tired, and smelled of ocean. The early morning chill still hung in the air. The cold could be added to their list of grievances too, but mostly they were hungry. As they pulled their boat up on the shore, their muscles sore and aching, they could smell the faint aroma of fresh fish cooking.  They looked around, and as the fog began to clear, they saw in the distance a glowing fire with several fish laying on top.  They could faintly hear the crackling of the fire in the morning stillness, perhaps with a little olive oil drizzled on top as the sweet aroma drifted their way. They looked at each other, quickly dropped their fishing gear, and ran toward […]

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Sue McCusker is a writer, 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 passion is connecting technology with faith to produce good.