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January 11, 2017

Expressions of Prayer

I work as a hospital chaplain, providing spiritual and 
emotional care to patients and their families. Usually I end my visits by offering to pray with the patient, lifting to God...

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January 10, 2017

Still Working

In today’s reading, Jesus teaches his disciples to encourage genuine faith. John was troubled that another man was casting out demons even though he was not one of the twelve disciples....

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January 9, 2017

Wrestling with Doubt

Sitting alone on a park bench, I fought back tears of frustration. I was certain that my life was dedicated to God, and I tried faithfully to follow God’s leading. I...

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January 8, 2017

Nothing to Be Rejected

I often make desk calendars with my church students as part of a program to welcome in the new year. Two years ago, however, after making our yearly desk calendar, I...

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January 7, 2017

Wonderful, Isn’t It?

My father always sought to show us real-life stories of how God acts in our lives. One of those stories occurred in 1962, after the beginning of Angola’s liberation struggle, when...

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January 6, 2017

Quiet Transformation

Jesus’ first miracle began with ordinary water poured into commonplace stone jars. As far as we know, Jesus didn’t stir the water, touch the jars, or pray aloud. He simply asked...

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January 5, 2017

Dancing for Joy

One gray London evening, I listened to a musician play in a public square. All around, toes tapped and fingers snapped in rhythm. Onlookers swayed, appearing tempted to dance; but nobody...

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January 4, 2017

Patient Fishing

On a warm, tranquil evening last summer, a friend taught me to fish. He provided the equipment and instructed me on fish behavior and bait. He emphasized the need for patience...

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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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In Solitude

"In solitude we discover that we are not what we do but what we are given; that we are not the result of our judgments but born out of God's love." Read more.