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Thera’s story

The seed was planted in the late 60’s. I was on the staff of CRU (known then as Campus Crusade for Christ) working on the UC Berkeley campus in the midst of riots and demonstrations over the war in Vietnam. It was high turmoil. Just across the Oakland hills in a much quieter setting, a

Newsletter August 2017

I have been in the garden.  I have been thinking about Jesus’ stories, the ones where he sets the scene in a garden. Everything is growing in the sunshine after the rain and it feels new and fresh. Sometimes our hearts need a refresh, a restart to a better rhythm.  Sometimes our imaginations need opening…

Hilda and the Begonia

Last year we put an automatic watering system in the garden.  She is called Hilda (I’ll tell you why another day).  She is very, very clever and turns herself on for 20 minutes early in the morning and 20 minutes at night. Our initial hope was that she would keep the plants watered when we

Hannah’s Sacrifice

I was reading 1 Samuel 1 20-28. It was one of the readings for Mother’s Day last Sunday. Everyone always talks about Hannah’s sacrifice as it was huge! I can’t imagine having to do that. It was her husband Elkanah who not only agreed, but set the boundaries in place. It was his statement at