“Heaven Is Going to Be Wonderful, You Know?”

 “Heaven Is Going to Be Wonderful, You Know?” Lucinda Secrest McDowell sharing words from Dr. Stephen A. Hayner LSM Note: Our dear friend, Steve Hayner, president of Columbia Theological Seminary (and former president of InterVarsity, dean at Seattle Pacific University and pastor at University Presbyterian in Seattle) and his wife Sharol live in Atlanta. Steve officiated at Inka’s Seattle memorial service back in 1981 (Mike’s late wife) and also preached our own wedding sermon in…

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Honest Letter to a November Bride

 Honest Letter to a November Bride  Lucinda Secrest McDowell Dearest one, Only 10 days until your wedding – Woo Hoo! Our entire family is thrilled to join you both for this momentous celebration and I rejoice that God has brought you together for a lifetime of marriage. What a rich heritage you have — grandparents married 62 years and your own parents for 37 (and counting.) Marriage is a huge Gift. It is also extremely…

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“In My Life, I’ve Loved Them All”

“In My Life, I’ve Loved Them All”  Lucinda Secrest McDowell I only learned a few things during my four years at Furman University: how to read critically believe radically write creatively think deeply share intimately celebrate spontaneously help compassionately dwell communally explore courageously I only learned how to embrace life and pursue my dreams. Nothing big. Only everything that matters when you’ve just turned 21. And you’re driving out the gate into the Real World with…

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The Day I Decided to Keep Writing

 The Day I Decided to Keep Writing  Lucinda Secrest McDowell “I’m not impressed and won’t be sending this manuscript to any publisher. Honestly, no one wants this book, so you may as well start over on something else,” my literary agent said during our appointment at the annual booksellers convention. I was shattered. I knew about rejections. I had begun my career writing for magazines and had thick files of rejection letters which had only…

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Every Mama and Daddy Can Do This!

 An Amazing Thing Every Mama and Daddy Can Do!  Lucinda Secrest McDowell Three years ago today, at the end of my eulogy I sang “Jesus Loves Me” to the entire congregation. And I’m not a singer. Yet it seemed to be the perfect way to end my litany of Daddy’s legacy of love to me. You see, my earthly father’s love for me paved the way for me to understand and embrace the love of…

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