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March 7, 2017

We are Family

I was born the daughter of an unwed teenager who 
decided to give me up for adoption. A couple who had 
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March 6, 2017

A Simple Act of Faith

When things are going well, it is easier to be happy and to believe in God’s goodness and care. The real test comes when our good fortune or happiness suddenly changes...

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March 5, 2017

1st Sunday in Lent

Choosing God was the best decision I ever made. Looking back, I can remember a time when I felt alone and insecure about my future. I had more questions than answers...

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March 4, 2017

Missed opportunity

I’ve become accustomed to television coverage of sporting events using instant replay. But real life has no instant replay. If we miss the moment, it’s gone. I realized this a few...

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March 3, 2017

Somber Optimism

During an Ash Wednesday service in my church, the 
pastor alternates between two different statements when 
imposing the cross of ashes on the forehead of worshipers. The first is, “Remember that...

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March 2, 2017

A Precious Gift

I’ve always observed Lent by sacrificing something to help me remember Christ’s holy sacrifice for me. But over the years some of my passion for this practice dimmed, and I began...

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March 1, 2017

Ash Wednesday

As a former college football player, I take special notice when Paul refers to sports. In the reading above Paul wrote, “Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to...

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February 28, 2017

Shine Like Stars

My church has offered our members a course that encourages us and equips us to share our faith with our friends and neighbors. I usually avoid situations where I need to...

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February 27, 2017

Dancing Lament

I teach a dance class each week in which we move our 
bodies in different ways to express emotions, including 
negative ones. We bring 
our hands high above our heads and...

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February 26, 2017

Renewed Day-by-Day

I struggle with an illness that saps my strength and energy. As a result, I have difficulty getting myself out of bed in the morning. A friend sent me a picture...

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Christ in the Dessert of Afghanistan

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