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Joseph Mazzella

the Blood Drive

I gave blood again the other day. It was such a delightful experience. I arrived early to beat the crowds but found that several other early birds had gotten there even before me. We all smiled about it and waited patiently while the Red Cross finished setting up the...

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Tearing Down the Fences

"And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" (Matt 22:39 NKJV) "Good fences make good neighbors", the television commentator said, misquoting Robert Frost for the millionth time in my memory. It made me wonder if the esteemed poet was not...

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Happy Spring

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law." (Gal 5:22-24 NKJV) Spring has definitely sprung here in the mountains of my home. As I walked in my yard this...

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Filling the Barrel

"But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all...

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The Best Gifts

"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." (1 Cor 13:13 NKJV) I had yet another birthday recently. It is strange how they keep popping up year after year. They must come from the same place as the grey hairs and wrinkles,...

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Appreciation

"The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard." (Ps 19:1-2 NKJV) Spring is continuing to work her wonders...

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A Story of Two Boys

"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your...

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A Tap on the Shoulder

"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Phil 4:19 KJV) A long time ago when my full grown children were still "children" I saw something that still brings a burst of joy to my heart whenever I think about it. My...

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A Book by its Cover

"Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you." (Matt 7:1-3 NKJV) I was driving home the other day on a sunny afternoon. I had a smile on my face as I sang along...

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