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June 20, 2017

Stranded in the Desert

While on a two-year trip around the world in a Volkswagen camper, I was stranded in the Sahara Desert for several days. The Hoggar, the track I was traveling through Algeria...

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June 19, 2017

Calmed Storms

In today’s reading, the disciples were overcome by fear and woke Jesus from a sound sleep. They cried out and questioned his care for them. But Jesus calmed the wind and...

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June 18, 2017

Just Like My Father

For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be just like my dad. He was my hero and my best buddy. I loved everything Dad loved. I loved fishing,...

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June 17, 2017

Full of Life Again

In our HIV/AIDS clinic, we maintain a rose garden to honor the patients we serve. We grow red roses as a sign of love and solidarity, and white roses in memory...

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June 16, 2017

Joy in Times of Stress

My husband and I were going through some difficult times with work-related stress and financial worries. We had moved back to the United States after living in another country. We accepted...

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June 15, 2017

The Perfect Gift of Love

When my grandparents retired and decided to move into a smaller home, they asked extended family members to come and choose some special mementos from the items that they couldn’t take...

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June 14, 2017

Perspectives

The way we see God affects the way we see ourselves. If we imagine God to be a demanding boss, we expect to be rewarded or punished based on our performance....

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June 13, 2017

God Is Near

A year had passed since Brion, my husband, died. My heart was still profoundly broken. One night, grief overwhelmed me. My Bible was beside me, but almost defiantly I pointed to...

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June 12, 2017

The Lord’s Good Work

One day as I was leaving the grocery store, a man recognized me from my teaching days. He introduced himself and asked if I could give him a lift to a...

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June 11, 2017

United By One Love

Some friends and I went to a piano symphony concert in Parnu, Estonia. The musicians played beautifully, and it seemed to me as if time stood still. When I looked at...

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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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