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January 3, 2017

Like a Tree

The trees on the riverbank across from my house are not particularly beautiful, but they are sturdy and productive. A wide variety of birds find refuge in their branches. People walking...

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January 2, 2017

Climbing Out of the Pit

When I was a teenager, my brother and my father died within a few weeks of each other. Though the sun shone brightly that summer, my soul felt dark. Within 29...

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January 1, 2017

What Time Is It?

A new year makes me acutely conscious of the passage of time: how we allow calendars and clocks to dominate us, how there is never enough time for what we need...

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December 31, 2016

These Are the Days

One of my favorite television shows from the 1970s 
always opened with the two main characters sitting at a piano singing “Those Were the Days.” As I think about this song,...

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December 30, 2016

As a Little Child

The family table was set, and we were all excited about beginning the meal. Instead of blessing the food with our usual prayer, we decided to share something for which we...

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December 29, 2016

The Best Dwelling Place

I have lived in many different places since my parents, brothers, and I left Latvia to escape communism. On our journey to freedom, we lived a short time in Poland and...

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December 28, 2016

The Bruised Reed

Early civilizations developed methods to transform reeds into paper, papyrus, and also to weave them into baskets, mats, and rope. Reeds were functional and beautiful. In contrast, a bruised reed was...

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December 27, 2016

Seek and Call

I remember a time when I was seeking the Lord for guidance regarding a job opportunity. Every aspect of the position seemed right except for 
one: my wife and I would...

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December 26, 2016

One More Thing

Our church has had a long-standing relationship with the elementary school down the hill from us. Church members provide for students’ material needs — from school supplies to underwear. Recently church...

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December 25, 2016

CHRISTMAS Day

As Americans living in Bangladesh, my husband and I longed to be with other Christians for the Christmas celebration. Since we were too far to travel home, we chose to visit...

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Vulnerability

“I believe with all my heart that vulnerability and authenticity are the only way to find wholeness in Jesus Christ. … I believe in the holistic, healing love and salvation in Jesus Christ, who walks with us in the valleys and brings beauty from ash heaps again and again and again. I am here to tell you that I have been on the mountaintops and in the valleys, and I have discovered that we need a reset in our souls. We need to share stories so that others will too. When we’re free to be real, that’s when the real joy comes.” Read more.