Author Ava Pennington
Author Ava Pennington
Feeding Hope

Feeding Hope

Feeding Hope   I welcomed the end of the dry season as the rains started up again. Not yet with the regularity of the full-blown rainy season, but we can tell it’s coming. And not a moment too soon. My garden was wilting. But my schedule caused me to put watering...

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Recover Stolen Peace

Recover Stolen Peace

Recover Stolen Peace   Heartache consumed Margarite. A mature Christian in her mid-twenties, she had struggled to accept a series of significant losses. In the span of three years, five people close to her died. She understood grieving was a long-term process,...

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Waiting in the Shadow of Tragedy

Waiting in the Shadow of Tragedy

Waiting in the Shadow of Tragedy   Confession time: I don’t wait well. I’m impatient for good times to arrive. And I chafe under the burden of suffering while waiting for it to end. I’m guessing I have lots of company. Waiting is difficult. It’s hard enough when...

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Anniversary Reaction

Anniversary Reaction

Anniversary Reaction   I may forget where I placed my eyeglasses (and yes, it’s possible they’re on my head). I may forget what I ate for breakfast (but I probably didn’t forget to eat!). And I may forget your birthday (even though it’s written on my calendar)....

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Look Up or Give Up?

Look Up or Give Up?

Look Up or Give Up?   Some of us are ready to give up. Feelings of hopelessness are pervasive as we wonder how much longer this health crisis will continue. And in the face of conflicting predictions, we wonder if we’ll have the stamina to wait it out. Masks....

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Pocketing, Cookie Jarring, and Jesus

Pocketing and cookie jarring. To paraphrase a line from The Princess Bride, “I do not think it means what you think it means.” One thing is for sure: neither phrase means what I thought they meant! Both terms are now used to describe dating trends. Pocketing occurs...

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After 9/11…or any Tragedy: Where was God?

This week we commemorated a horrific event in our nation’s history. Social media feeds once again overflowed with posts and photos from September 11, 2001—a day that (please excuse the cliché) will live in infamy. Whether it’s 9/11 or another tragedy, personal or...

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Why Me? Why Not Me?

Living in Florida, I recently engaged in a stressful dance with Hurricane Dorian. For those who haven’t been following the vagaries of tropical weather, Dorian crossed the Atlantic as a tropical storm that grew into a Category 5 hurricane. With a peak wind speed of...

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Abounding in Hope Despite the Rain

Hurricane Barry made landfall on the Louisiana coast in July as 2019’s first hurricane. As Barry approached, fears about the Category 1 hurricane focused primarily on water damage from storm surge, an already high Mississippi river, and torrential rain. And Hurricane...

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How Much Suffering is Too Much?

Enough. Have you ever said that to God? Enough suffering, Lord. I’ve had more than my fair share of trouble. When is it going to stop? Remember the trials and tribulations of Job? His near-perfect life was disrupted by trouble. Lots and lots of trouble. He lost his...

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