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March 31, 2019

In the Thicket

Recently I had the opportunity to explore Yellowstone National Park with a small group of educators. One evening, as we walked single-file through dense woods, one of the guides signaled for...

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March 30, 2019

Joy in God

Curious, four-year-old Sarah peeped around the open door of the vestry where some of us sat chatting, waiting for the pre-church prayer meeting to begin. Suddenly her face lit up with...

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March 29, 2019

God’s Bottle of Tears

After my wife of 60 years died in October 2016, I began reading several books about how to handle grief. One story from a medical center indicated that shedding tears is...

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March 28, 2019

Berry Picking Time

Harvesting wild blackberries is not easy. They ripen in the heat of the summer in places with little shade. If you don’t go out when they are ripe, you won’t find...

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March 27, 2019

Honesty in Prayer

When I stop to think about it, one of my favorite psalms can also feel a bit scary. In Psalm 139, David talks about how God sees everything and is everywhere....

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March 26, 2019

Holding Fast

During a difficult time in my life I received an insight contained in the reading above from Jeremiah: “‘I know the plans I have for you,’” declares the Lord, ‘plans to...

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March 25, 2019

God’s Rest

One day when my daughter Penelope was a toddler, we were hosting a family gathering. Penelope was playing with her cousins in a noisy room, crowded with relatives. Penelope is a...

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March 24, 2019

Set Free!

My mom was the only child born to a 13-year-old single mother in the 1930s. She grew up poor and feeling unloved. My mom was an angry woman who didn’t appear...

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March 23, 2019

God Heard Me

Twenty years ago, I had my first real encounter with God. I was 10 years old and in my final year of elementary school. When I took the middle school entrance...

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March 22, 2019

Praise God!

In the springtime, I love to sit outside alone in the early morning chill to sip a mug of hot coffee, read and meditate on The Upper Room message for the...

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The Holy Service of Motherhood

"When I became a parent, I struggled to find God within the chaotic world where I now lived. I was used to contemplative prayer, to silence and service and listening for God’s still, small voice in quiet, hidden spaces. Suddenly none of my life felt quiet or hidden – it was all loud, messy, and exposed." Discover more.