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Joseph Mazzella

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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Contageous

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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Boring

"This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it." (Ps. 118:24 NLT) I was lying in bed yesterday afternoon after a big dinner. The television had nothing on that interested me. The book I was trying to read seemed boring too. Finally I put...

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Special Needs

"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine...

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In the Now

"Look here, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.' How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog--it's here a little while, then...

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