Author Archives: Verla Wallace

The Death of Discernment

I connected this week with my 22-year old niece who is in Italy on a personal 500-mile pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago. There are many routes a pilgrim can choose to complete this spiritual journey. She spent time in … Continue reading

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A Different Kind of Radical

Mass shootings have topped the news 11 times in the past few weeks, racking up a stunning list of casualties. Cops, gays, African-Americans and people who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. So many, … Continue reading

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“Are We Safe Yet?”

I sat down near the play area in a local mall a couple of days ago, waiting for a friend, and watched as two young boys fooled around on the jungle gym. Their grandmother kept a semi-watchful eye nearby, engrossed … Continue reading

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The Most Important Feature in My Home

I had lunch today with a good friend who shared her disappointment about losing a house she and her husband tried to buy. The home–priced right, in a good neighborhood–ended up in a bidding war, with multiple buyers offering crazy … Continue reading

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The Story Behind “The Forgottens”

I’ve just completed a series of sculptures I call “The Forgottens.” I had never sculpted, despite a lifetime of creative interests. No time or money for it. But a birthday check a year ago sent me to an art center … Continue reading

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The Perversity of Unanswered Prayer

A new friend recently told me she had never prayed out loud–especially with other people. She was afraid she wouldn’t “do it right.” I reassured her that it required no special language or training. It’s just talking to someone who knows … Continue reading

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It’s a Boy!

Born: In Bethlehem, during the census Lineage: the line of David Weight:  8 lbs, 10 oz. Length: 21 inches Name: Jesus, Messiah, Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, Savior  Mary and the baby are doing fine, but both are exhausted. It was … Continue reading

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