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May 16, 2021

Our Prayer

During my prayer time each day, I close my supplications to God with Jesus’ prayer: “Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” Were this powerful prayer to...

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May 15, 2021

Mangoes for Everyone

Every summer, the mango trees in my neighborhood produce an abundant harvest. Any fruit that falls over a tree-owner’s fence are free to the first taker. Hundreds of beautiful, sweet mangoes...

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May 14, 2021

Identity in Christ

During a recent job interview, I was asked to draw an identity wheel — a pie chart depicting the importance I place on my social identities. After I completed the wheel,...

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May 13, 2021

The Fragrance of Love

“Raise your hand when you can smell it,” I told my science students at the beginning of an activity to help them experience the concept of diffusion. I stood at the...

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May 12, 2021

Listen and Act

In today’s reading, God tells the prophet Isaiah to remove his clothes and his sandals and walk around naked for three years. It was a drastic and visual message to Israel...

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May 11, 2021

In the Storm

Due to a decline in my health, I was forced to give up my career as a primary school teacher. The job had enabled me to support my husband and myself...

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May 10, 2021

Following God’s Call

Years ago, in responding to God’s call to pastoral ministry, I had a choice: I could continue working at my full-time job and serve as a part-time pastor, or I could...

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May 9, 2021

Living Word

Every morning before school and work, our family spends time together reading from The Upper Room. We have done this since our son, now 10, started kindergarten. It gives us a...

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May 8, 2021

By God’s Grace

Two years ago I visited a well-known pottery factory in Northern Ireland. The pottery made there — vases, figurines, bowls, and dinnerware — is crafted to very high standards. I took...

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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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