My friend Maggie died this week. She was a phenomenal, hilarious, witty, brilliant, gracious person. She was full of joy - a pastor, mother, wife, sister, daughter, aunt, and friend. It's hard to imagine a world without Maggie in it. I feel so grateful for having had the chance to know her.

Maggie died after complications that resulted from what was thought to be a run-of-the-mill laparoscopic gallbladder removal.

Please hold her husband, two young children, family, congregation, synod, and friends in your prayers.

It has been so special and meaningful to see all the photos and videos folks are posting on Facebook of Maggie. She brought so much joy and humor to the universe.

Here's one of our seminary graduation day. And then one of a friend gathering maybe 6 years ago. And one with Carl Kassell from a taping of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me in 2009.

Here's a great way to get to know Maggie's spark: her blog. She started blogging way back in 2011, and she always had the best posts.

We miss you, Maggie. Thank you for the gift of knowing you.

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