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December 9, 2018

A Piece of Christmas

Long ago, before email and video conferencing, I worked at the local telegraph office in my hometown. For several years I delivered telegrams on Christmas Eve to families whose husbands and...

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December 8, 2018

We Can Pray

As Christians, we spend much time wrestling with difficult scripture, debating gray areas, and trying to find God’s direction in our lives. While all these efforts are important, sometimes we tend...

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December 7, 2018

Rejoicing in a Barren Field

Farmers labor to ensure that their toil will be rewarded, that their families and communities will be well nourished. Yet no matter how diligent the laborer, sometimes crops will fail. All...

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December 6, 2018

Sweet Peace

While my husband’s Uncle Jim was in the hospital awaiting open-heart surgery, he received the shocking news that his only son had been instantly killed in a logging accident. Jim was...

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December 5, 2018

Our Gifts

I don’t remember how old I was, but it was the first year I shopped for Christmas gifts on my own. My parents gave me some money and let me walk...

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December 4, 2018

Chemistry Class

Growing up attending a Christian school, I took religion classes every day. At least once a year we would be asked how we saw God in our lives. Every time I...

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December 3, 2018

Another Way

On this morning, our garage-door openers were broken. When I told five-year-old Ava to get into the car so I could take her to school, she reluctantly went to the car,...

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December 2, 2018

Keep It Simple

Recently, I was standing in line at the bank listening to both the teller and the customer complain to each other about the stress of the Christmas season. I then walked...

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December 1, 2018

Work in Process

Before retiring a few years ago, I worked for a large food company. We sold many different types of products but used the same process to create them. We started with...

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November 30, 2018

Batteries Included

As a child, I celebrated birthdays with joy and excitement. I opened my gifts with great zeal — tearing open boxes, ripping through wrapping paper, and turning gift bags upside down....

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God comes to us . . .

"God comes to the woman who feels in exile in her own marriage. To the man who grieves the loss of life dreams. To the child who lives on the street. To the parents who struggle to feed and clothe their children. To the one whose loneliness or depression intensifies every Christmas." Click to watch video.