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February 8, 2020

Pioneers of Faith

While researching county records, I found a memoir by a family of pioneers who homesteaded in the same region where my family lived in the 1800s. I was thrilled to discover...

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February 7, 2020

Loyal Love

One of my earliest memories from church was singing hymns while standing next to my father. As we sang, he would point to the words, which gave me confidence to sing...

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February 6, 2020

My Solitary Place

When we push our bodies to work without adequate rest or nutrition, we get sick. The same is true of our spiritual lives. During challenging times we may become pessimistic, indifferent...

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February 5, 2020

“I’ve Been There”

Just before Christmas, a woman with whom I was falling in love informed me that she was dating someone else. I was crushed and shed many tears. At some point, however,...

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February 4, 2020

In God’s Time

During a particularly dark moment, after nearly two years of chronic depression I decided to take my own life. I could not find a reason to move forward. I had lost...

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February 3, 2020

Heavenly View

The old birch tree that used to grow in front of my bedroom window had a huge crown of branches and leaves. I loved watching it as the seasons changed each...

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February 2, 2020

Gathering Together

I remember playing church as a child. Neighborhood children, school friends, family members, dolls, stuffed animals, and occasionally one of our family pets made up the congregation. We took turns preaching,...

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February 1, 2020

Road Trip

Recently, my wife and I set out on a trip to visit one of our daughters for parents’ weekend at her university. Thirty minutes into the trip the brake indicator light...

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January 31, 2020

First Rainbow

Last summer, my younger grandson and I went for a weeklong holiday to my country’s beautiful Rila Mountains. The weather was changing all the time there. In one day, we experienced...

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January 30, 2020

Chimes of God’s Grace

One very hot day, my lawn mower was not cooperating, so I went into the house to rest. My two young daughters were visiting grandparents, and I was lonely and grieving...

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Rejoice!

I chose the book Because of This I Rejoice for our Sunday Spiritual Formation class. Our leader gave instructions for individuals to choose a 'discipline' to put into practice each week. Several class members have commented, "I like this book.” Read more.