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Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds. - James 1:2 (NIV)

I grew up braving bees, skunks, and thorns to pick wild blackberries for the promise of winter pies. Recently, I picked alone, leaning into the thorny vines as always. I knew the thorns would scratch my legs and arms and snag my clothes as I stretched out for the ripe,...

Today's Prayer
Giver of joy, comfort our souls when we face hardships. Amen.

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Today's Reading
James 1:2-6, 12-17

Thought for the Day

What good thing has God recently put in the midst of my daily challenges?

Prayer Focus

To find joy in facing trials


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Emmaus helped me laugh again, and it brought joy back to my life after the loss of my child. I am now stronger than ever in my walk with the Lord. And to this day, I continue to sponsor pilgrims to The Walk to Emmaus. In my local church, I have led our discipleship team and have had the opportunity to start new Sunday school classes and various women’s ministries. ¡De Colores!”

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