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June 7, 2021

A Green Ribbon

After one of my meditations appeared in Csendes Percek, the Hungarian edition of The Upper Room, I received a letter. It was from an 86-year-old woman who had read my meditation,...

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June 6, 2021

The Landscape of Life

Walking through the pasture on an early spring day, I noticed all the tender new sprouts pushing their way through the rich soil. At my feet were hundreds of tiny flowers...

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June 5, 2021

Nurturing Love

Six months after I lost my wife of 43 years to cancer, I was still grieving. Heartbreak and depression lingered with me daily. My church family was supportive and my pastor...

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June 4, 2021

Reminders of God

Like many families, we have photos scattered throughout our home. Most of the time they become an unnoticed part of the background. But every now and then I stop to appreciate...

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June 3, 2021

Beyond All Understanding

As a recent college graduate, I was anxious about my future. I was uncertain about how best to teach my dance students, worried about family members’ health issues, and overwhelmed by...

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June 2, 2021

Compassionate Listening

Less than one month into my first job as a prison chaplain, a man caught my attention as I was walking by. He looked young, and his smile seemed forced. As...

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June 1, 2021

A Broken World

“It’s broken!” Tears streamed down my child’s face as water poured out of his snow globe, and the world inside was destroyed. This small toy, which had brought him so much...

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May 31, 2021

Connected by Prayer

As a child brought up in a military family, I usually lived thousands of miles away from “home,” which was my grandfather’s dairy farm in rural Minnesota. One of my most...

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May 30, 2021

The Light

When the hurricane slammed into our coastal town, our family was prepared. We had stockpiled water, food, flashlights, and batteries. Our children gathered in a large downstairs closet with their blankets...

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May 29, 2021

Ravens and Angels

I find Elijah to be one of the most interesting figures in the Bible. He suffered loneliness, persecution, humiliation, and hunger in grim desert places. But God never abandoned him. God...

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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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