Sincerely, Crystal

Happy Christmas—Musical Reflections 3: For the One struggling with their body…

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see A veil… A fine material worn by women to protect or conceal the face… A thing that serves to cover, conceal or disguise. Why would the King of kings conceal Himself? A mysterious way for the greatest One in all of humanity to enter the world. Theologically, we knowContinue reading “Happy Christmas—Musical Reflections 3: For the One struggling with their body…”

Tastes of Heaven

I’ll remember every taste.                                            –Flor, Spanglish I am a connoisseur of chick flick movies. I grew up watching them in the 90’s and early 2000’s, when they were really good. Spanglish is a favorite for many reasons, but the above line is my favorite in the whole movie. I highly recommend it. I recentlyContinue reading “Tastes of Heaven”

Even there

Psalm 139: 7-12 Where shall I go from  your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even thereContinue reading “Even there”

Real Grown Ups

When do the real grownups arrive? She said it jokingly as she processed experiences that felt too big for her and her husband. Deep within my soul, I felt an overwhelming YES! That was the feeling. How and when did life get so complicated that it felt unmanageable? How did I continue blowing out birthdayContinue reading “Real Grown Ups”


I listened to a sermon today on the Hope we have in our future destination of Heaven.  The glory that is the resurrection—that we have a God who sent His Son who lived a perfect life (which we cannot), died for our sins (a penalty we could not deal with on our own), and thenContinue reading “Wait”

Mom of Many

Some moms look at the same brown eyes, Night after night, With bath time and bedtime stories. She knows the distinct voice of her children. She knows how they like their sandwiches cut. She knows how they like their hair braided. She knows their favorite color. These children feel as much a part of herContinue reading “Mom of Many”


–a swollen area within body tissue containing an accumulation of pus –a tender mass filled with pus caused due to infection. I had left the procedure room sweating, red-faced a stench in my nose I was confident would never leave.  I had images of the parents horrified faces imprinted in my brain.  And the screamsContinue reading “Abscesses”


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