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Joseph Mazzella

The Long and Winding Road

"God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another." (1 Peter 4:10-11 NLT) I knew I wasn’t adopted when I was growing up. My older brother, Eddie and I looked too much alike and our faces were the perfect...

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At a Crossroad

It was the Summer of my 16th year.  I was 2000 miles away from home and my heart was aching.  I had traveled from the mountains of West Virginia to the great plains of Iowa.  I was with a group of boys touring a Seminary college.  When the trip had first started I was...

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Never Too Soon

"This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it." (Ps. 118:24 NKJV)It is closing in on my 54th birthday as I write this and I am reminded of a wonderful quote by the writer, Colette: “What a wonderful life I’ve had.  I...

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A Pint of Blood

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. " (1 John 4:7 ESV)I was sitting at a table eating a chicken salad sandwich.  I wasn’t really hungry but I was supposed to sit a bit and eat...

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Beginning, Middle and End

"This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another." (1 John 3:11 NLT)It was a late Winter’s day.  I was 25 years old and at the one place I never wanted to be.  I was sitting in a hospital by my dying Mom’s bedside.  For...

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After over a year of staying home and hiding behind our masks in public my children and I finally got our vaccine shots. The Covid 19 pandemic had gripped the world with fear for so long and it was so joyous feeling safe again after just two tiny jabs from a needle....

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