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January 20, 2017

The Benefit of the Present

On a Friday afternoon, I was driving along Interstate 95 outside of Washington, D.C., when I came upon a flashing alert sign that read: “Traffic ahead next 2 miles.” I thought,...

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January 19, 2017

Broken

When an item breaks, I have three responses: 1) I’m 
unhappy; 2) I’m frustrated; 3) I’m challenged to fix it. The first two responses rarely last long. In a short time,...

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January 18, 2017

Not Giving Up

Some months ago I joined my local church’s prayer shawl ministry and began knitting and crocheting with a group of women. In the early stages of my work with the group,...

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January 17, 2017

Miracles Happen

My six-year-old son, Sabalo, had been diagnosed with a tumor. After many medical examinations, including two 
biopsies, we learned that the tumor was growing and could not be successfully radiated. Five...

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January 16, 2017

Journals of Praise

Several years ago, I began incorporating journaling into my devotional time. I had always written my requests and the desires of my heart — my cries to Jesus — in blue...

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January 15, 2017

More Than a Building

Through the years, I have attended church and Sunday school in many different places: tents, a large home, a movie theater, a former army Quonset hut, refurbished army barracks, an elementary...

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January 14, 2017

Guide My Journey

My family enjoys road trips. As I plan each one, my goal is to determine the best route and clearest directions. My car is equipped with technology that provides these answers....

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January 13, 2017

In God’s Own Time

A friend gave me a pretty arrangement of flowers in various shades of orange. The greenery surrounding the flowers set off the vibrancy of their colors perfectly. They looked cheerful and...

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January 12, 2017

Power of Silence

I am an archaeologist and help to monitor construction 
activity in historic zones. One time, I was overseeing 
excavations near downtown. It was noon. Work halted across the busy construction site...

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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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