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August 20, 2018

A Refuge for the Wounded

Several years ago I volunteered as a wildlife caretaker at a nature and science museum. My responsibilities included feeding and administering medication to the resident wildlife and cleaning their outdoor habitats....

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August 19, 2018

Unfathomable Grace

There are more than 150 million objects in the Smithsonian Institution’s collections. If a person were to go every day for eight hours and spend only two minutes on each item,...

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August 18, 2018

Made for the Moment

I was feeling anxious. I wanted to know what my future held so that I could have control over it. But that was impossible. The more I thought about the future,...

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August 17, 2018

Preaching the Gospel

At one time during my childhood, my mom was my Sunday school teacher. She suggested we think of ourselves as a mirror, reflecting Christ’s love to others through our actions. For...

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August 16, 2018

Our Foundation

During a hurricane several years ago, our home was flooded. After that experience, and because we live on a tidal creek, we decided to raise our house to prevent damage from...

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August 15, 2018

God Is Listening

In my early days as a Christian, I struggled to understand the importance of prayer. I didn’t see the point, and because of that my spiritual growth suffered. Over time, I...

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August 14, 2018

The Elephant in the 
Offering Plate

The organist played and everyone stood to sing. The ushers processed slowly to the front of the church, carrying the offering plates. Everything was just as it should be except one...

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August 13, 2018

The Gift of Prayer

My husband, Milt, had recently returned from a men’s retreat, and when I walked into the living room I expected to see him sitting in his comfortable recliner. But I was...

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August 12, 2018

Humble Hearts

Years ago the pastor at a men’s retreat encouraged us to kneel in prayer to practice humility before God. This posture was new to me, but I knelt beside other men...

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August 11, 2018

Enough for All

It was my turn to help with the Saturday lunch ministry at church, and it was evident we were going to have a full house that day. A fellow volunteer looked...

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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.” 

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