Author Archives: Carlene Hill Byron

About Carlene Hill Byron

The former editor of New England Church Life and The New England Christian, Carlene Hill Byron is enjoying being home in Maine after 20 years in North Carolina. She is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild. Find her at christianpurposeblog.wordpress.com, churchandmentalillness.wordpress.com and on Facebook at Carlene Hill Byron - Writer.

If One More Married Person Tells Me ‘God is Your Husband’ …


Am I the only one who didn’t get a box of chocolates from God this Valentines Day? Joyce is the divorced mom of a disabled child. To call her home run-down would be generous. Joyce’s summer project involved shoring up … Continue reading

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If 2021 Is Just as Tough, What Will Keep You Going?


What if 2021 is no better than 2020? What then? The experience of American prisoners of war says: even if 2021 is no better, we can still be okay. But we will only be okay is if we don’t expect … Continue reading

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Mary, Martha, and My Holiday Kitchen


The story of Mary and Martha reminds us that at every moment, God has good work for each of us to do. We’re not called to do too much of a good thing, but to do what matters. I bake, therefore I am. Continue reading

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Advent: A Long Journey Toward a Surprising Light


My father’s childhood train trip from California’s wartime blackout to the brilliant lights of Las Vegas provides a different metaphor for our Advent quest. We call wartime “dark days” and in the 21st century we tend to focus on the … Continue reading

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Trust God Alone? Or Also the CDC?


Maine’s church attendance is nearly the lowest in the nation, and yet churches are our #1 COVID super spreaders. The problem? Christians aren’t welcoming the “common grace” God has given via our CDC. Continue reading

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