Sylvia Schroeder

Come Aside To a Deserted Place 

The first August I lived in Italy, I had no idea what had hit the entire country. Still anemic in language and culture, I didn’t know what to make of the silent streets of Florence, usually full of people, suddenly deserted. My bread store with its big gray steel closure had a handwritten note on […]

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True or False: You Only Live Once

“You only live once,” she quipped.   Laughter followed that flippant remark. I turned away from the screen.  I’ve used those same words to justify indulgences from purchases, to a risk, and maybe most often, to eating that last piece of chocolate.   Ashes to ashes. Dust to dust. This week, as I hear her […]

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Mother Reading to her four children.

Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog And Other Important Questions

“Would you rather be a bullfrog?” I ask my grandsons.  My finger dramatically lands on the big green bullfrog leaping across the left side of the page. The book with the same title, by Theo. LeSieg (better known as *Dr. Seuss,), lays open on my lap. I slide my finger to the right and I […]

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How Harvest Time Points to God’s Impeccable Timing

The blue-overall-clad farmer plucked a bearded head from its white stalk. His form blotted a black silhouette against the bright sky. I squinted in the sunshine. A shadow lay across me, its black outline with the billed cap looked like a crow atop his head.  Hands browned like leather, spotted with age, rolled the wheat […]

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What’s in Your Suitcase? – Three Treasures to Pack and Three Attitudes to Leave Behind

Do you go on vacation with more than just what’s in your suitcase? This week you’ll find me at Today it’s my privilege to be Jeannie’s guest blogger. My post, What’s in Your Suitcase? Three Treasures to Pack and Three Attitudes to Leave Behind, may help you decide what is really worth packing. I […]

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Who Knew When We Said “I do?”

My father-in-law used to shake his head and say with a bemused look on his face, “Who knew that someday…,” then he’d finish the sentence with something particular from that season of life. Honestly, it kind of irritated me. Like, what did you expect?  Did you think you would always be 25?  Or, didn’t you […]

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Is God Unjust?

This year as Father’s Day approaches I am so aware of the attack on the family, on the role of Fathers, and disengagement and disrespect placed on family in society.  It’s complicated by personal stories within family units which may portray completely different experiences. Adult siblings from the same family may grow up with such […]

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hand holding a scorpion

What Will You Find In the Darkest Tightest Folds of Your Soul? 

When my husband and I travelled to visit-and hopefully encourage-global workers around the world, I confess, some countries got more prayer than others. The prayers usually had to do more with the creatures than the people. Some of those countries came with how-to instructions.  “Always shake out your clothes before you put them on.” “Make […]

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Defining Peace When We Have None

If you have been disturbed by current events, you aren’t alone.  We’ve had weeks of images difficult to forget. Wouldn’t it be so nice to turn on the TV and find the world at peace, evil conquered, calm and safety reigning? Don’t we all wish to erase forever the heartbreak of endless sorrow? Together we […]

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women gathered around a friend to pray for her

To Share or Not to Share 

Have you ever wondered what to share, how to share or even if you should share something? I have.   We see this paradox in Asaph. He authored Psalm 73 with a conflicted heart. He admits to being in a slippery spot in his faith. What he saw in the lives of others made him […]

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