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August 28, 2017

A Prayer for Peace

Frustrating days and sleepless nights prompted me to share my troubling situation with my friend Jerry when we met for our weekly prayer time. I asked Jerry for advice. He cautiously...

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August 27, 2017

By Still Waters

Once when I was out walking after a heavy thunderstorm, I saw some sheep desperate to get away from flood waters and onto higher ground. But they were obstructed by deep...

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August 26, 2017

Spirit of Joy

The 88-year-old woman had come to the soup kitchen for her supper. She seemed to be the life of the party at her table, encouraging everyone around her. Apparently hard of...

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August 25, 2017

A Way to Remember

When I finished reading aloud a devotion to a friend, she reached into her coat pocket and pulled out a small, smooth, pink stone. She told me that she always carries...

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August 24, 2017

Server Available 24/7

After we were given computers to enhance learning for our junior high school students, we were excited to connect with donors and well-wishers to give them our heartfelt thanks. We wanted...

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August 23, 2017

Working for the Lord

In my late twenties, a few years after I had committed my life to Christ, I was working as a computer programmer for a large company. One day I had been...

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August 22, 2017

The Fig Tree

Over two years ago, I bought a small fig tree and planted it in the garden. It didn’t do well and looked as if it were dying. I dug it up...

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August 21, 2017

Comforting Presence

I received an unexpected phone call telling me that my dad had passed away after suffering with Alzheimer’s for several years. As I traveled almost 1200 miles to be with family,...

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August 20, 2017

Go for the Gold

When I was 21, my best friend, Tim, and I got summer jobs in Skagway, Alaska. We’d been dating for several months, so I was delighted when he proposed and slipped...

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August 19, 2017

The Power of Praise

Recently, the leader of my Christian youth group asked each of us why we enjoyed attending church. One of my friends said with a smile, “Because the food is always delicious.”...

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An Anchor in the Storm

Joining friends at The Upper Room in morning prayer on Facebook Live has been an anchor in the storm during recent weeks. In the chaos of trying to figure out how to do ministry in strange and uncertain times, it was a compelling call to stop, breathe, listen, and be in community with those who gather "where the world meets to pray." Join us each day for morning prayer.