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Her first story

Faith & Inspiration
by Chelsea Boes
Posted 8/27/15, 04:28 pm

“In the beginning, there was nothing. Nothing to hear. Nothing to feel. Nothing to see.”

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Confessions of a crusty hymn purist

Faith & Inspiration
by Chelsea Boes
Posted 8/13/15, 12:27 pm

The first time someone told me I sang beautifully, I was standing in my parents’ kitchen washing dishes and caroling an 80-year-old tune over the sink suds. The song had transmitted to me, a tiny but vigorous soprano, via the bouncing lines of our family’s red hymnal:

I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore,

Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more;

But the master of the sea heard my despairing cry,

From the waters lifted me, now safe am I!

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'I'm coming! Stay awake!'

Family
by Chelsea Boes
Posted 8/06/15, 04:37 pm

Exactly a week after our Pennsylvania move, I awoke groggy from the bizarre kind of nightmare only pregnancy can bring. Afterward, still in a dream-fog, I clomped downstairs and poured orange juice onto my cereal instead of milk.

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