Author Archives: lsimonds

The ACME Anvil

“Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who … Continue reading

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An Intercession

The essay below was originally published in September 2016. “For You formed my inward parts. You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. … Continue reading

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Christmas Feast

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good.” Psalm 34:8 Taste is our most intimate sense. We kiss to taste another whom we desire. Less intimately, we share the taste of food with people we like. Eating a good … Continue reading

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Horn of Plenty

Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the … Continue reading

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The Waves and Wind Still Know His Name

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. … Continue reading

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Vanity

(This essay was originally posted in July 2016) “Writing is very silly business at best.” John Steinbeck I can’t say it any better than Mr. Steinbeck. Recently, I’ve thought about what my answer would be if I were asked, “Why … Continue reading

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Unpacking Prose

“…I asked novelists…what it felt like when they went into a novel. None of them wanted to know what I meant by into.” Margaret Atwood, Negotiating with the Dead One of the unnamed novelists who were asked this question said … Continue reading

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The Benefits Package

Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems … Continue reading

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The World According to…

There’s a saying about being in a room that’s so small you have to step outside to change your mind. That old saw pretty much sums up the theme of the speech, This is Water, that David Foster Wallace gave … Continue reading

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Own It

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18 I used to think it sounded “better” when someone said they … Continue reading

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Mincing Words (and Writers)

“There’s an epigram tacked to my office bulletin board, pinched from a magazine: ‘Wanting to meet a writer because you like his work is like wanting to meet a duck because you like pâté.’” Margaret Atwood, Negotiating with the Dead … Continue reading

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Souls on Board

“Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it.”                                       … Continue reading

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