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June 23, 2021

Faith Like a Child

It is easy to forget what it was like to have the faith of a child. When I look back at my life, I tend to remember what my life was...

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June 22, 2021

Provided For

I first met Mzee in a hotel. His eyes were sunken, his back was bent, and he was walking with the support of a stick. I was moved with compassion as...

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June 21, 2021

Sent to Encourage

I had just completed four hours of medication infusion to treat my lymphoma. Like every treatment, it had left me fatigued. My wife and I drove to a nearby restaurant to...

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June 20, 2021

Waves of Trouble

One day at the beach, not long after I placed my chair at the edge of the water, a father and his young son ventured into the ocean. The boy frolicked...

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June 19, 2021

Finishing Well

At the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, John Stephen Akhwari was a marathon runner for Tanzania. During the race he fell, dislocated his knee, and injured his shoulder. In spite...

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June 18, 2021

Finding Our Way Home

Living in southern Arizona gives me the opportunity to enjoy summer hiking on cool mountain trails and winter hiking on warm desert paths. One fall day I was hiking alone, following...

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June 17, 2021

Sleeping Soundly

Some time ago, I had trouble sleeping for several nights. After sleeping only one or two hours, I kept waking up. I remembered a friend once said, “If someone wakes up...

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June 16, 2021

Loaves and Fishes

I noticed a need at my new church: a choir to lead congregational hymn singing. Although I’ve been part of church choirs since my childhood, the idea of directing an adult...

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June 15, 2021

Flourishing Again

Every winter, I spend four months living in Mexico City and working at two refugee centers. In May, before returning home, I spend a week on Mexico’s southwest beach coast. May...

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June 14, 2021

Not Fear but Love

For 45 years I have been friends with a woman from Turkey who is Muslim. Her husband came to the U.S. for medical school, and they now live in Istanbul. My...

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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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