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September 2, 2018

The Winds of Life

I am an assistant director of a summer camp in Wisconsin, where my daughter Emily taught sailing for a couple of years. One day I went to the lake to watch...

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September 1, 2018

A Child of God

On my way to work, I sometimes saw a homeless man sitting in a wheelchair on the corner, but I always passed him by. Maybe I would say, “Good morning,” but...

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August 31, 2018

In the Crowd

On a family vacation to New York City, I went to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, thinking it would be a quiet place to pray and reflect during a break from our hectic...

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August 30, 2018

God Is My Strength

I recently suffered a cough, sore throat, and flu. I tried to accomplish my tasks as usual, but every time I tried, I felt dizzy. I prayed and asked God to...

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August 29, 2018

Spiritual Fruit

Before I set out on the path to ministry, church members on a discernment board had to answer questions about me regarding my faith. Among the questions was this one: Does...

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August 28, 2018

God Is Love

My dear high-school friend was bright, tenderhearted, and thoughtful; but she was not happy. One morning she did not come to school. I learned later that she had taken her own...

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August 27, 2018

Elisha’s Eyes

I can identify with Elisha’s servant who stumbled out of bed to discover an army aligned against him. Like the servant, I have sometimes found myself surrounded by threatening circumstances —...

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August 26, 2018

Through the Eyes of a Child

As my son, André, and I waited at the doctor’s office, an elderly woman and her son came in and sat by us. Her son appeared to be around 50 years...

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August 25, 2018

Ordinary People

Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee when he saw Simon and Andrew fishing. A little farther down the lakeshore Jesus came upon James and his brother John. He called...

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August 24, 2018


Early one autumn morning, I looked out the window to see the house across the street backlit by the most amazing sunrise. The sky was a deep orange and soft peach....

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When sexual assault is in the headlines...

"As the survivor of childhood trauma, I’ve come a long way in my healing process. This is thanks in part to years of therapy, a lot of hard work, and an incredible support network of family and friends. More so, it’s the result of learning to be still with God, to offer up my pain for God to transform, and to realize I am God’s beloved. I’m now in a place of peace, one that has stayed with me for several years now."