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March 23, 2018


The stretch of river near our home rarely freezes, even in the coldest weather. The running water attracts large numbers of migratory waterfowl during the cold season. Each day, my wife...

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March 16, 2018

Looking or Seeing?

Trying to remember where I’d put my keys, I ran from room to room. Surely they had to be nearby! I checked coat pockets, the kitchen table, and the small desk...

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March 15, 2018

Streams of Living Water

Before I was born, my grandfather bought a lake cabin on a winding dirt road in the country. I love walking there; the road is paved now, but it still feels...

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March 14, 2018

Lighten the Load

Several years ago, I decided to start living in a healthier way. After eating better and exercising I lost a total of 50 pounds. I slept better, my knees and feet...

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March 4, 2018

3rd Sunday in Lent

I look forward to my annual spring cleaning. I enjoy opening the windows while I clean deep into the forgotten corners of my home. I rummage through cabinets and closets eliminating...

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February 21, 2018

God’s Porch

While I was visiting my friend in South Carolina, we loved to sink into the wicker chairs on her porch, sip our morning coffee, and chat about anything and everything. Some...

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February 18, 2018


When my children were young, our family had fun playing with sparklers — those wand-like fireworks that emit colorful sparks and flashes. They enjoyed watching the sparklers swirl in the air,...

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February 17, 2018

Crying Out to the Lord

Scripture is filled with people who faced dangers and trials. What was it like for David when he was in the wilderness, fleeing from Saul? Perhaps David was as overwhelmed and...

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February 14, 2018


Whenever I feel that I’m not educated enough, experienced enough, or generally not worthy or good enough, I think about the verse quoted above. The beginning of the book of Matthew...

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February 6, 2018

Troubling Times

In 2005 I was unjustly removed from my job. For 14 months I remained at home, waiting, while my case was under review. Each morning I woke up anxious and sad,...

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Love Overflowing

"Faith in God’s unending love embodied in Jesus and lived out by those of us who follow him allows us to walk into the future trusting in God’s love and sharing it with others as we go."—Rev. Michael E. Williams (The Upper Room daily devotional guide, March-April 2018).