Thankfulness as an Elusive Treasure

  I'm thankful each day. Some of the time. When I'm not tired, hungry, or complaining about something else. I yearn to define myself as an optimist, a positive individual. Instead, I seem to have a natural talent for finding what's wrong with things. Or what might go wrong. Despite my…

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Blessed are Those Who STOP Praying for Backup

  Many faithful churchgoers encourage us to face hard times by saying, "Jesus has your back." We call on the Lord from those crisis moments, admitting we cannot cope alone. We recognize our need for divine intervention when things get tough. When our efforts to get through the struggle have fallen…

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Live Delighted: Dance in the Wings

  Delight can prove most challenging when we feel stalled. Others seem to be shining in spotlights and joy, while we seem doomed to linger in the shadows. Despite our hopes of fulfillment, we're stuck in the wings watching others beam with happiness. We seem to churn our days in the…

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Longing for a Taste of Freedom

"Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness,     prisoners suffering . . . Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,     and he saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness,     and broke away their chains. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing…

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Longing for a Taste of Freedom

"Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness,     prisoners suffering . . . Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,     and he saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness,     and broke away their chains. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing…

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Escape from the Wasteland

"Some wandered in desert wastelands,     . . . hungry and thirsty,     and their lives ebbed away. Then they cried out to the Lord . . .     and he delivered them . . .  Let them give thanks to the Lord  . . .  for he satisfies the thirsty     and fills the hungry with…

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Shadows at Commencement

"See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared" (Exodus 23:20). I wiggled on the plastic seat and squinted toward the floor of the expo hall. Four hundred fifty-four square black caps huddled into rows…

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Promises for the Grateful

“Sacrifice thank offerings to God . . . and call on me in the day of trouble;     I will deliver you, and you will honor me” (Psalm 50:14-15). Heels bouncing. Arms upraised. Palms waving. I did the happy dance today. Full-on, Snoopy-style. A long wait sweetens good news, and I had waited over a…

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Up in Linked Arms

"Put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive. Above all, put on love—the perfect bond of unity" (Colossians 3:12-14). Genocide ravages our eastern neighbors. Oppression…

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True Peace

"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1). Refugees abandon homes in pursuit of it. Defendants empty bank accounts to negotiate it. Acquisition offers empty promises of it. Anesthesia poisons the flesh with temporary illusions of it. A mother of…

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