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November 29, 2016

Showing Love

As I was walking home, I saw three young girls who looked confused. They asked me, “Sister, do you want to cross the road?” I replied, “Oh, no, I’m waiting for...

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November 28, 2016

“Please, Lord, Fill Me”

As a former water-utilities instructor traveling throughout West Texas, I’ve seen drought many times — up close and 
personal. To me, drought is scarier than almost any other 
natural disaster. When...

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November 27, 2016

The Power of Jesus

In today’s reading, we find a man confronted with 
bad news: he has been struck by a painful and incurable 
disease. The effects of 
leprosy (now called Hansen’s Disease) are 
visible...

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November 26, 2016

Trusting God

My father was a pastor in another state and truly devoted to the church. He had diabetes and was insulin dependent. One day, after visiting him, I prayed that God would...

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November 25, 2016

Freedom to Choose

Every day we are required to make choices: when to 
get up, what to eat, how to approach the day. Many of 
our choices are major 
decisions about what road we...

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November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving Every Day

In my country we celebrate a day of thanksgiving each 
year. I wonder how many people stop to consider why they celebrate. Does a day of thanksgiving cause us to pause...

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November 23, 2016

Hungry and Thirsty

“Come on, boys; dinner’s ready!” My daughter called her two young sons to the table. James came running and sat down, looking to see what delicious food his mother had prepared....

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November 22, 2016

Letting Go

As I pulled up my once-beautiful periwinkles, now lifeless after a recent freeze, it dawned on me that I wasn’t just getting rid of the old plants; I was making room...

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November 21, 2016

Helping Hand

My great-grandniece, María Camila, started walking at 
the age of ten months. To hone this new skill and feel more secure, she would hold on to someone’s hand. Because she was...

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November 20, 2016

God’s Markers

In 1920, the United States opened its first coast-to-coast airmail delivery route. Before radio navigation was common in airplanes, pilots had to navigate by landmarks. Therefore, bad weather and nighttime essentially...

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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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