Category Archives: Carlene Byron

Am I a Bird or a Car?


I’m listening to birdsong and highway roar from my patio, and I wonder why I can even hear the birds. Are the birds louder? Or are they just different? What if birds imitated highway sound because that’s what most people … Continue reading

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The Best Small Group Ever


I don’t remember the curriculum at all. But our small group built such solid relationships that three of us continued to call each other and pray for each other as our lives carried us across four continents over more than … Continue reading

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Happy Home, Dirty House


My mother grew up on a Maine farm where dirt was what made plants grow. I imagine her mother taught her something about cleaning. Otherwise, the farmhouse kitchen linoleum would never have been a place for me to be seated … Continue reading

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Joyfully Chasing the Wind


Ecclesiastes didn’t make a lot of sense to me as a teen trying to understand the refrain, “Vanity! Vanity! All is vanity!” A few decades later, I have started to understand what it means to live “chasing the wind” of … Continue reading

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Banned in France: ‘O Holy Night’


“O Holy Night” is one of my favorite Christmas songs for its beautiful melody. After I read the original lyrics, I loved it even more. Like many of our favorite Christmas carols, this was written for seasonal worship. A parish … Continue reading

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