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Cherishing the miracle of marriage

Faith & Inspiration
by Chelsea Boes
Posted 3/26/15, 12:05 pm

During my wedding reception, a small boy approached me just as I was about to cut the cake. All evening he had been ogling the cake topper, a tiny Lego man and wife I had purchased at the mall two days before. “Are you going to play with those Legos,” he asked, “or just cherish them?”

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Facing an anxious new season

Faith & Inspiration
by Chelsea Boes
Posted 3/19/15, 01:21 pm

I spend my workday at a window overlooking our landlord’s four cows. The cows lead simple lives—simplified, I suppose, by their unsophisticated destinies. They will travel invariably from pasture to butcher to freezer wrap. Rather than passing summer and winter in personal risk and bold activity, summer and winter will pass them. As I write on this bright March morning, I almost envy these cows. For I am facing something the happy cows will never have to: a question mark at the end of a life-season.

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Protect me from the praise I receive

Faith & Inspiration
by Chelsea Boes
Posted 3/12/15, 04:14 pm

During our weekend stay at an extravagant Austin, Texas, hotel, my husband and I felt like masqueraders in the den of the wealthy.  Jonathan had come for a writer’s conference and I tagged along, spending most of my time working in front of the huge, octagonal fish tank that reposed on a dais in the lobby.

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