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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 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 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 6, 2020

Go and Glow

When I think about being a light to the world, I remember one of my favorite childhood toys: a glow-in-the-dark, synthetic-rubber super ball. If I carried it in my pocket all...

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December 29, 2019

God’s Helpers

Sent by my Russian church to a Christian conference, I was traveling to Budapest. Many worries occupied me: I had no idea how to find the conference location; I couldn’t afford...

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December 27, 2019

God Is Good

I spent Christmas Day with my dad at the hospital. At times, I heard groans from other patients. When I did, I whispered a prayer for them. This was a difficult...

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December 24, 2019

To Be a Giver Again

For months people had been giving to me while I struggled with cancer. But it was hard to be in a holiday mood when I had nothing to give others —...

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December 23, 2019

Large and Small

Recently at the Christian food pantry where I help, we held hands in prayer for a fellow volunteer who was about to begin a strenuous series of surgical procedures to help...

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December 19, 2019

Surefooted

For several months my severe arthritis affected my gait. When I watched a video of myself walking, I was astonished. My right foot slanted, causing me to limp. Seeing my gait...

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December 13, 2019

A Way Through

Ryan Hall, the American record holder in the half-marathon, stated that we shouldn’t think about the next hill ahead of us but instead focus on the next step ahead of us....

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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!"