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May 25, 2022

Held in Prayer

My father taught me the value of self-sufficiency: “The best job is one you do yourself.” He rarely hired a contractor or asked for help in all the work he did...

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May 24, 2022

Blessings List

My wife and I were both suffering from extended illnesses that had exhausted us physically and financially, with seemingly no end in sight. Struggling constantly to make ends meet, we grew...

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May 23, 2022

Eat Your Vegetables

My daughter does not like to eat vegetables. My constant words of encouragement to her that vegetables are good for her health are usually to no avail. But to my surprise,...

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May 22, 2022

Remaining Open

Every Wednesday at our men’s Bible study, my friend Gene used to greet me saying, “Hey, Pastor!” But I wasn’t a pastor, and I regularly reminded Gene that I didn’t want...

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May 21, 2022

A Clear Reminder

I was driving alone on the highway, still two hours from my destination. I experienced an overwhelming sense of helplessness so powerful that I decided to pull over. I raised my...

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May 20, 2022

A Neighborly Surprise

Rain was pouring down, and water and mud from a neighboring farm were cascading down my hillside and pooling in my backyard. I didn’t know these neighbors, and I wondered if...

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May 19, 2022

God’s Direction

On a recent flight to visit family, I happened to get a window seat. After we had been in the air awhile, I took a break from reading and gazed out...

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May 18, 2022

Resetting My Focus

Today’s sky is such a pale gray-blue that it seems as if nothingness curtains the world. On a beautiful Canadian summer day, the sky may be deep blue and either cloudless...

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May 17, 2022

Chosen People

My three-year-old son, Henrik, was clearly upset as he walked toward me in the church hallway. When I asked him what was wrong, he replied, “Someone called me a sweetie pie,...

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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.” 

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