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August 3, 2020

Keep Singing!

When my wife and I moved into an assisted-living facility, our minds were alert and active, but our bodies were less than strong. As we settled in, I realized that my...

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August 2, 2020

An Act of Compassion

Seventeen years ago, my son was sentenced to life in prison. It was a time full of grief for many reasons and for so many people. As the courtroom emptied after...

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August 1, 2020

God’s Peace

In Psalm 120, it seems that the psalmist was getting frustrated at not finding any peace at all in his surroundings — or even the entire world. In a state of...

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July 31, 2020

Love Is . . .

Walking down the sidewalk toward the old, two-story school building, I heard the happy voices of students in the courtyard. A new school year was beginning, with its many new experiences...

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July 30, 2020

Walking by Faith

Our new apartment in a different part of the country abuts a small wooded ravine. One day after work, my wife asked me if I had heard the owl that morning....

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July 29, 2020

Taste and See

The pungent smell of the durian often brings back fond childhood memories for me. My late father used to lug home gunny sacks of durians from Malaysia. My mother would line...

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July 28, 2020

Whatever We Need

When I was in college, I worked at a beautiful summer camp far away from home. I had no time off, except for one week halfway through the summer. Like most...

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July 27, 2020

Smallest Acts

Shortly before I retired from 40 years of teaching physical education, a young student gave me a red pipe cleaner, roughly shaped like a heart. I attached it to my clipboard...

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July 26, 2020

Pruning

I was going through a rough patch in my relationship with someone very dear to me. I felt that I had done nothing to deserve the painful words and attitudes. Angry...

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July 25, 2020

A New Beginning

I was born in Ryazan, Russia, in 1999. My parents were alcoholics who took me to bars when I was very young. A few days after my third birthday they lost...

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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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