New normal for Jacob, and for us

Jul 8, 2020 by

The world is going through a crisis that will change us. We’re not sure things will ever again be normal as we have known it. Yet, like Jacob in the Old Testament, we know God will be with us in our changing...

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Andres: An ageless, resilient Story

Jun 15, 2020 by

Last month many communities throughout the U.S. participated in Resilience Week, hosting activities and events about building resilience in individuals and communities. Resilience is the ability to bounce back...

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May God repay the many who deserve thanks

Apr 6, 2020 by

I stand amazed at the sacrifices made on our behalf amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Front-line health-care workers are like the soldiers of other times: willing to sacrifice their well-being, maybe to the point of...

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King: Surrender’s blessings

Dec 23, 2019 by

Though we’d just met when hospital orderlies called us each from waiting room to pre-op, she and I agreed: We didn’t want to go. Trained by a culture that prioritizes control over surrender, I asked my...

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Celebrating the holidays — and every day

Dec 16, 2019 by

Celebration is what we are called to. We are called to practice joy by celebrating. What we have to learn is how to celebrate life. Celebrating life is not a party but an awareness that every moment is special...

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Yelling at one who gives $100 bills

Apr 8, 2016 by

Suppose I walk up to a neighbor and give them a $100 bill. They, of course, wonder what it’s for! I just say that I want to give it to them. Further, suppose I do this for 30 days, but then on the 31st day...

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Forget Black Friday

Nov 24, 2014 by

Each year the consumer extravaganza that is Black Friday fills the news — and bleeds more deeply into Thanksgiving. Stores compete to be the first to open. RadioShack plans to start doing business at 8 a.m....

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Simple faith

May 13, 2014 by

I remember as a child hearing people who would thank God for almost anything good that happened. If they remembered where they had misplaced their car keys, they would thank God. If the sun shone brightly for...

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