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There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: . . . a time 
to weep and a time to laugh, a time 
to mourn and a time to dance. - Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4 (NIV)

When my nephew called to tell me that my 27-year-old niece, Jen, had died suddenly and unexpectedly, my whole body began to shake. She had been like a daughter to me. During the agonizing days after her death, I wondered if I would ever smile again. I wanted to be...

Today's Prayer
Dear God, thank you that even in seasons of deepest sorrow you are nearby and your love will see us through. Give us hope for the future, that we may persevere. Amen.

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Today's Reading
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Thought for the Day

Because God is with me, even in grief I can have hope. (See 1 Thess. 4:13.)

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