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May 4, 2022

Standing Strong

Sitting in a hall with my fellow university classmates, I waited in tense silence for the French test to be distributed. This was my final language exam, and I needed to...

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May 3, 2022

Spiritual Clutter

The apartment building I had lived in for four years closed. As my neighbors and I began to move out, I marveled at the amount of stuff people had been able...

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May 2, 2022

No Distance in Prayer

When I served as a pastor at a church in Pennsylvania, someone called me with a personal concern. As the conversation ended, I asked if I could pray with him. Sounding...

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May 1, 2022

A Tiny Puddle

On my way to work this morning, I looked up at the sky. The rain during the night had stopped, and I could see blue sky between the parting clouds. The...

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April 30, 2022


Usually when I say, “I trust you,” what I mean is: “I’m counting on you to do what I want or expect,” or, “I trust you to get this job done...

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April 29, 2022

Today and Forever

The Baltimore Orioles have been one of the worst-performing teams in baseball the past few years. But as a lifelong Orioles fan, I still root for them. If I stopped cheering...

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April 28, 2022

In All Circumstances

Spending the night with my 92-year-old dad in his hospital room was a hectic experience. Between temperature checks, blood pressure checks, the noise of the ventilator tubes, medication alarms, and nurses...

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April 27, 2022

Rebuilding God’s House

My church has recently undergone a split where about half of the congregation has left for a variety of reasons ranging from doctrinal disagreements to personality differences. In today’s reading Haggai...

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April 26, 2022

Trust the Harness!

Many years ago I took a rock climbing course at a local college. The instructor put me in a harness and instructed me to climb to the top of the wall....

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April 25, 2022

Working to Honor God

When I was 13, I went to live with my aunt and uncle on their farm. One of my daily tasks was to strap a long burlap sack across my body...

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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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