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January 18, 2020

God in the Small Things

One of my nephews called to tell me that he had lost the bracelet I gave him for his birthday and wanted to know where I had bought it. I remembered...

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January 17, 2020

On the Team

As a young boy, I fantasized that my first day on the baseball team was the beginning of a major-league career. However, my father’s war injury had prevented him from teaching...

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January 16, 2020

Isn’t It Glorious?

I teach creative writing to adults, including many older adults. Recently I learned that one of my students had died after a short, intense illness. It wasn’t easy sharing this news...

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January 15, 2020

Watch and Pray

At the beach one Saturday, I was doing some fishing while watching the sun rise. The brilliant colors seemed to pop out. This awesome sight caused me to pause to thank...

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January 14, 2020

Lavishly Loved

My patient has dementia, and her husband of 50 years is doing everything he can to care for her. He washes her soiled linens, provides her meals, and arranges all the...

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January 13, 2020

My Right Place

The most beautiful plant in our home is in our bathroom. It is a November cactus, and it amazes with its beautiful flowering, even in conditions where other flowers fight for...

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January 12, 2020

A Remarkable Opportunity

In the 1970s, one winter afternoon after classes, I hurried to Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery to study a painting entitled Appearance of Christ to the People by Alexander Ivanov. My plan...

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January 11, 2020

Found!

When I was a child, the tropical outdoors of Nigeria where I lived beckoned to me. In grass, rocks, dirt, mud, cement patio — whatever the setting — I found a...

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January 10, 2020

From Fear to Hope

Depression has afflicted my life in different ways over the years. One constant was fear — the persistent catch in my chest that made it difficult to ever be completely at...

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Loving the Insights

"I lead a small group of about 12 women, and we were looking for a great Advent study. I had used While We Wait years ago and remembered how beautifully written it was.

I love focusing on the women in the genealogy in Matthew and our church’s Advent sermon series include the songs of Elizabeth, Mary, and Zechariah. So this study seemed just perfect for our 2019 Advent study.

Everyone is enjoying it so much and loving the insights that Mary Lou Redding offers for each character in her study. While We Wait has been a great study for us!"