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November 18, 2017

Trusting the Father

I needed to take my nine-year-old brother to school one morning, but the gas tank was almost empty. “You can make it to the gas station by the school,” my dad...

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November 17, 2017

Prayers of the World

I have HIV/AIDS, and it is very difficult living with this disease. Recently I suffered a setback and was hospitalized for eight days, which seemed like an eternity. Weak and with...

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November 16, 2017

The Candy Lady

Everyone at my church loves to see Cindy coming. Before worship, she walks around the sanctuary with a tin of assorted candies. Talking and laughing with people as they find their...

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November 15, 2017

The Opinion that Matters

When I read today’s scripture passage, I wonder why David’s father, Jesse, did not send for David when Samuel asked to see all Jesse’s sons. Instead, Jesse left David out in...

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November 14, 2017

God of our Seasons

In a week’s time my daughter goes to college. It will be a big transition, moving away from home and leaving a sheltered Christian family life. My husband and I are...

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November 13, 2017

Birthday Celebration

I used to look forward to birthdays. My 16th birthday was a milestone I greatly anticipated. I was not just excited about getting my driver’s license and being able to drive....

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November 12, 2017

Love Never Fails

Last summer I worked at a local preschool as a summer camp assistant. Three days a week, I was known as “Miss Lily” to a group of two- and three-year-olds. We...

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November 11, 2017

Everyone Can Serve

During the Korean War, I was a young sailor assigned to a US naval ship called a destroyer. Our job was to follow aircraft carriers to rescue any pilots whose plane...

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November 10, 2017

Redefining My Dream

My husband, Norman, and I have been married 30 years. When I think about the early months of our marriage, I remember the plans and dreams we had. But chronic illness...

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November 9, 2017

A Little Reminder

After church our family made our way to a bagel shop and purchased a baker’s dozen of various bagels. Each of our older children picked out her favorite, and my wife...

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“I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what is it that you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage. 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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