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July 14, 2020

A Single Red Feather

As predicted, the severe thunderstorms had blown through our area with a vengeance; but now the sun shone more radiantly than usual. Yet I felt as broken as the tree limbs...

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July 13, 2020

Unconventional Places

Strip clubs aren’t places you would typically expect a church group to go in search of friends. But for years, my friend Tonya and other women from her church went there...

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July 12, 2020

God Already Knows

A woman whom I had supervised 35 years before was reaching her retirement and asked me to say a few words on her behalf. I happily agreed. In the presentation of...

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July 11, 2020

Comfort and Peace

Our congregation was shocked when our pastor’s wife, Susan, died unexpectedly at age 55. She had been taking care of her mother out of town, so our pastor immediately left to...

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July 10, 2020

Surprise Guest

One of my earliest childhood memories is when my grandparents surprised us by arriving at our doorstep unannounced. They lived eight hours away so we were overjoyed to see them. My...

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July 9, 2020

God’s Broken Vessels

I have always been fascinated by Kintsugi, the traditional Japanese art of mending broken pieces of pottery with liquid gold, silver, or lacquer — thus highlighting and enhancing the breaks and...

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July 8, 2020

Standing Up

One day in school, I saw classmates bullying a girl in my class. They ganged up on her, saying really mean things to her. She seemed on the verge of tears....

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July 7, 2020

Joy

I grew up braving bees, skunks, and thorns to pick wild blackberries for the promise of winter pies. Recently, I picked alone, leaning into the thorny vines as always. I knew...

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July 6, 2020

Always Near

Psychologist Jean Piaget carried out psychological experiments in which he observed that very young babies (under six months old) would be clearly interested in a toy placed a few yards in...

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July 5, 2020

Meeting Needs

Each Friday, people flock to a farmers market near my home to buy meats, cheeses, produce, and other items. Shoppers look for different things — according to their needs. That’s just...

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Our resolve must be different. My prayer is that we have finally reached a tipping point. My hope is that when the protests fade and the marches slow that our will as a church to truly eradicate the scourge of racism won’t dissipate but grows even stronger.” 

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