Category Archives: Tragedy

No time to sleep

(Click here for a video of John reading this Catch.) by Marti Fischer My heart hurts. This is Makenna Lee, fourth grader from Uvalde, Texas. Yesterday morning that priceless smile of hers brought joy to those who knew her as she … Continue reading

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Above the Noise and Strife

(Click here for a video of John reading this Catch.) Be Thou My Vision is a 365-day devotional book I first published in 1995. It’s a devotional book based on selected lyrics from traditional known and lesser-known hymns. I wrote … Continue reading

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Sing your way through it

I’ve had some very painful moments in the last few weeks, unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. The pain literally sent me howling a few times. It was 3 or 4 days until the doctors and nurses found something that would … Continue reading

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A Call to Failure

by Marti Fischer What to do with failure? Hide it? No, unless you like being alone to yourself. “So how are you?” someone inquires and you say, “I am fine. I am all right. I absolutely couldn’t be better.” And … Continue reading

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Death in the City 2

O Lord remember what has come upon us Look down on our nation The crown has fallen from atop our head Woe, for we have sinned Why forget us Lord forever Why forsake us so long Turn us to you, … Continue reading

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Fifteen miles of answered prayer

Our daughter, Anne (everyone calls her Anney) is an E.R. doctor in a hospital on the west end of Honolulu. This particular hospital serves a high percentage of poor indigenous Hawaiians. She often says she works in a third-world country. … Continue reading

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The end of all things is near

Make no mistake, it feels a little like the end of the world out there, if you do get out. I was out driving at 1:30 am Sunday night and during a twenty-minute stretch on the most traveled road around … Continue reading

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No Little Town; No Quiet Night

O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie; Above thy deep and dreamless sleep The silent stars go by. The little town of Bethlehem is not so little today, and not so still. It’s a place where … Continue reading

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Grace Turned Outward — a dynamic story

Susan Burton is a hero. What she has done with her life is extraordinary, although she would deny that. She would simply say, in her own words, that her life is just Grace Turned Outward.

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Left behind

I almost turned around and went back up north to see Ron again yesterday. I got to thinking about what I wrote about in yesterday’s Catch — how I went there for myself, to renew the blessing I received from … Continue reading

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