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March 11, 2017

Strength for the Battle

At two weeks old, my daughter, Rebecca, had open-heart surgery to repair a rare congenital defect. For the next two months, she fought for her life. Every day was a struggle....

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March 10, 2017

God’s Feast

Together, my family and I attended an evening prayer 
service, which was organized by the church. We participated in the service with reverence and wholeheartedly dedicated our praise to God. We...

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March 9, 2017

Serving at Any Age

Following a series of major surgeries, my older brother, Lewis, reminded me that growing old “ain’t for weaklings.” Many of us will eventually have to deal with the struggles of aging....

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March 8, 2017

How Does Your 
Garden Grow?

Where I live, March is a transition month. Spring wants to pop through, but winter isn’t quite finished with us. I get antsy during the month of March. My hands itch...

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March 7, 2017

We are Family

I was born the daughter of an unwed teenager who 
decided to give me up for adoption. A couple who had 
always wanted children, but couldn’t have any, decided they wanted...

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March 6, 2017

A Simple Act of Faith

When things are going well, it is easier to be happy and to believe in God’s goodness and care. The real test comes when our good fortune or happiness suddenly changes...

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March 5, 2017

1st Sunday in Lent

Choosing God was the best decision I ever made. Looking back, I can remember a time when I felt alone and insecure about my future. I had more questions than answers...

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March 4, 2017

Missed opportunity

I’ve become accustomed to television coverage of sporting events using instant replay. But real life has no instant replay. If we miss the moment, it’s gone. I realized this a few...

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March 3, 2017

Somber Optimism

During an Ash Wednesday service in my church, the 
pastor alternates between two different statements when 
imposing the cross of ashes on the forehead of worshipers. The first is, “Remember that...

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March 2, 2017

A Precious Gift

I’ve always observed Lent by sacrificing something to help me remember Christ’s holy sacrifice for me. But over the years some of my passion for this practice dimmed, and I began...

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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.