Author: Renée Antrosio

Now. Here.

In this time of uncertainty and fear, we are sustained by stories of those we love. May this reflection from Barbara Linder- and the children’s art and voices- lift our spirits and help us find our way. -Renée  The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?The Lord is the stronghold of

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Control & Submission

I relish a few moments of silence. I hear the birds chirping in the dark. My household still sleeps. With coffee and Bible, journal and pen, I feel most like myself. At home.  Go to school. Leave for work. I’ve spent the last six months explaining to a child that *everyone* does this. We all

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Wandering & Wilderness

As I read again Carolyn Vance’s poem below, I feel how well these words articulate the difficulty of this Lenten journey. In our unknowing, may we trust the One who calls our name. -Renée On Unemployment Disorienting freedom,Unknown pathways,Caminos to who knows where.The way unclear,The goal wrapped in mystery,Time of wandering. How long will I trek in

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Waste Not

Seeds sprout in basements under grow lights. I spotted a crocus in my neighbor’s yard this morning. The sun brings warmth, green, and much-needed Vit D. Not really a gardener, I appreciate the weekly analysis from my local farmer. Who reminds us that water from a hose can never do what rain and snow accomplish. 

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Practice Starts…

Tomorrow begins my favorite season. There is jittery anticipation. Like the first basketball practice or class with an esteemed professor. Will I make the cut? Can I keep up? With the running, the writing, the standards that encourage us to rise above what we thought possible.  Each Lent holds, for me, a new challenge. An

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I Have a River

It is strange to live so long in a town with no river. Absent, I forget. Though Bull River defined my Montana childhood wanderings. Walking down the middle of the wooden one-lane bridge to and from the bus stop. Playing by the edge all summer long. Trout fishing and frog catching.  The log church was

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Double Your Investment

Maybe money’s on my mind. It is tax time, after all. Surveying income and expenses from 2019. Sussing out solar panel possibilities. Investment or debt? Current actions are a down payment on the future. Where do we put our money, our time, our hope? When I read Isaiah 58, I hear promises and affirmation. Increasing our

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Critical Thinking

It is easy to criticize. Authority. Administrators. Flawed systems. There is so much that is broken. Including us. Also ways to improve. Or get stuck. Even on a balmy February morning. No ice. No snow. No school. Well, not for the kids at Central HS who knew. Whose parents watch local news(!)  When I saw

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Dance Revolution OR Tone Down the Passion

Are you the person making an exuberant fool of yourself? Or are you the family trying to rein in the crazy? Mardi Gras has been in full swing since Twelfth Night, with parties increasing until Fat Tuesday. Oh, to be in New Orleans instead of gray Illinois.  King David was a dancing fool. Celebrating with

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Get Going

Make the “right” choice. We want decisions vindicated by their outcome. Demonstrating good judgment. Those we have selected, and invested in, to be successful. Choosing well. And we occasionally think that we can exert influence to steer people in the right direction. Poor Samuel. He had similar struggles. As high priest, he really wanted people

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