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Sonja Gerstenberger
Mother, wife, daughter, friend, sister, child of God
Mother, wife, daughter, friend, sister, child of God
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Doubt -- Encounter -- Belief
The Incredulity of Saint Thomas  by  Caravaggio Thomas. Sometimes I wish I were Thomas, with
the guts to say, “ Unless I see the mark of the nails in
his hands, and put my finger in his side, I will not believe. ” We don ’ t have the luxury of this kind of
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Doubt -- Encounter -- Belief
Doubt -- Encounter -- Belief
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Listening
I have been doing a lot of “listening” over the last 72+ hours. I am listening to female voices who had aspirations for a
female president. I am listening to voices of friends troubled and surprised our
country elected a person who has said
and done the thi...
Listening
Listening
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An Object in Motion ...
I feel a bit like I am rejoining my former life for a brief visit this summer. For the last few summers I've worked a few hours every day and hired someone to watch my kids during that time. This created a kind of rhythm where my kids went on the bulk of th...
The Long and Winding Road: An Object in Motion ...
The Long and Winding Road: An Object in Motion ...
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New Beginnings
Our family is emerging from an almost week-long "quarantine" as we passed a stomach bug around,  and we are feeling well again with energy and ambition which feels a bit like having a fresh start. It is interesting to me that this fresh start coincides with...
The Long and Winding Road: New Beginnings
The Long and Winding Road: New Beginnings
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Sometimes we Have to Stare into the Tomb
I’m starting to wish I had started this blog under a
pseudonym … a way to write, to put things out in the world without being
directly associated with my identity, without involving my friends and relatives,
without being linked to my current or future voca...
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At Peace
I often turn to writing when I am struggling with some large
question or frustration, but when the tide turns and I am at peace, I don’t
feel quite the same need to put my thoughts to paper. For those whose interaction
with me rarely goes beyond these posts...
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From Death to New Life
It is one of those perfectly beautiful Iowa days that makes you believe in heaven. Unlike the frigid cold of winter mornings that justify turning over in bed and covering up with a thick comforter, today is the kind of day that feels like a waste if you don...
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When the Spirit Moves
Coming off a week away at the ELCA National Youth Gathering, I find myself in a strange place. So many are riding a spiritual high ... energized, enlivened and spilling over with excitement. I stood with them and am excited for them, but my spirit is pensiv...
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One Month Until Detroit!
One month from today we will be halfway through our National Youth Gathering experience. It is hard to believe it is almost here. When we started planning less than a year ago it all seemed so far off. We have learned and grown so much during our Gathering ...
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In Case You Were Worried: Love vs. Fear
So, here's the thing about living in a community of faith (at least in my very Lutheran tradition) ... we're called to love one another, to bear one another's burdens and be present in each other's lives ... and we do so with the understanding that we are, ...
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