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June 19, 2021

Finishing Well

At the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, John Stephen Akhwari was a marathon runner for Tanzania. During the race he fell, dislocated his knee, and injured his shoulder. In spite...

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June 18, 2021

Finding Our Way Home

Living in southern Arizona gives me the opportunity to enjoy summer hiking on cool mountain trails and winter hiking on warm desert paths. One fall day I was hiking alone, following...

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June 17, 2021

Sleeping Soundly

Some time ago, I had trouble sleeping for several nights. After sleeping only one or two hours, I kept waking up. I remembered a friend once said, “If someone wakes up...

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June 16, 2021

Loaves and Fishes

I noticed a need at my new church: a choir to lead congregational hymn singing. Although I’ve been part of church choirs since my childhood, the idea of directing an adult...

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June 15, 2021

Flourishing Again

Every winter, I spend four months living in Mexico City and working at two refugee centers. In May, before returning home, I spend a week on Mexico’s southwest beach coast. May...

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June 14, 2021

Not Fear but Love

For 45 years I have been friends with a woman from Turkey who is Muslim. Her husband came to the U.S. for medical school, and they now live in Istanbul. My...

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June 13, 2021

Called to Serve

After attending a meeting that included a presentation on mission work in the Dominican Republic, I began to pray for those involved. A few years later, I vacationed in the Dominican...

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June 12, 2021

Beyond Words

One morning during the winter of 2011, I woke unable to speak. I panicked because I worked as a professional singer and voice-over artist. Little did I know it would be...

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June 11, 2021

Always with Us

When my wife and I babysit our granddaughter, she doesn’t always cooperate when it is time for her to go to bed. She cries as we put her in her crib...

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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.” 

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