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We . . . boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. - Romans 5:3-5 (NRSV)

When I dig a seashell out of the sand, I first turn it one way and then the other to see its condition. Does it have chips or cracks, or is it whole and complete? I am looking for a perfect shell — not a broken one. Often, we are...

Today's Prayer
Dear God, give us strength to withstand the storms we encounter. Help us to cling to you in hope. Amen.

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Today's Reading
Romans 5:1-11

Thought for the Day

God can transform my suffering into strength.

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