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Posts by Sarah Eshleman

Who Wouldn’t Want To?

Sarah Eshleman

I hugged my knees to my chest on the floor of my college dorm common room. I was sitting in a sea of pajamaed girls for evening prayer group. When our prayer leader took requests for Christmas carols, one of the girls called out, “O Come All Ye Faithful.” I am a great offender of…

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Trusting the Questions & Questioning the Answers

Sarah Eshleman

Sometimes I’ll pipe up in a conversation with my opinion. “Oh, you don’t want to live in Newport. It’s a terrible side of town” or “I’d never vote for that candidate. He’s awful!” Just then, when I’m listening, I’ll hear a quiet little voice in my head say, “Hey.” And I know I’m in for…

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The Good Part of Goodbye

Sarah Eshleman

Goodbye has always been a staple word in my vocabulary. During my childhood, I lived 500 miles from my grandparents; twice a year I never said the word goodbye more painfully than as I waved to them from the van window. Years later, I attended college in Florida, 400 miles from home in South Carolina. At the beginning…

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Simplicity Patterns and Simple Faith

Sarah Eshleman

It was a common scene in my childhood: my mom cutting out tissue-thin sheets of a Simplicity pattern for a dress, jumper, culottes, or other fashion atrocity; pinning the pieces to the material; cutting out the pieces of fabric; and stitching them together. Her table was often strewn with clothing parts, as if she were…

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