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March 8, 2021

What Now?

A few years ago I retired from ministry after about 40 years, and then four months later my husband died after a long illness. He had also been in ministry over...

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March 7, 2021

The Ancient Paths

English ivy climbed the exterior walls of our house and spilled out over a small garden beside our garage. The ivy added character to our home and ground cover to our...

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March 6, 2021

My Hope

The loneliest Christmas I ever spent was when my spouse had to work outside the city, leaving me alone with our baby who was sick at the time. So when my...

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March 5, 2021

Choosing Community

When I was in high school, I tried to spend time with people from different friend groups and backgrounds. I spent time with my friends from my church youth group. But...

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March 4, 2021

The Blessing of Tears

When I think of God’s blessings, I think of family, friends, sunshine, or even my morning cup of coffee. Until recently, I never considered tears a blessing. For the past three...

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March 3, 2021

Something New

When I was in primary school, I remember several children talking about having to give up candy for Lent — and not being at all happy about it. But we don’t...

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March 2, 2021

Carried

When I was eight years old, I fell on a broken bottle; the glass cut my knee to the bone. The doctors stitched up my wound and wrapped my leg from...

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March 1, 2021

Faith Not Fear

Making decisions can be tough — especially life-altering ones. When I chose my college, I made the safest decision possible. Friends, finances, and proximity to family were my considerations, all of...

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February 28, 2021

Open Ears

The other night my young daughter was talking on the phone with her cousin. As she got ready to get off the phone, she said to him, “I’m about to get...

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February 27, 2021

Hope of New Life

I had returned from the city of Natal, where I had spent seven long years with my family. I was almost 50 years old and was starting over after a failed...

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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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