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A Family Tradition

It was mid-October when I first spotted them. They were nestled in next to the candy and Halloween costumes as I walked through the store. They were the first Christmas decorations of the year. It was the beginning of the 10 week period when the stores do all they can...

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The Sunbather

"Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?  When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?  Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to...

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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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String us Together

"I pray …. That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you." (John 17:20,21) A couple buttons snapped off in the laundry. As I was sewing them back on I began to think about how the Holy Spirit uses a sewing stitch to ‘string’ together the...

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Root System

There is a special shrub growing in the garden, heavily entwined with another plant and they were at the stage of developing new growth. They looked the same at that stage, the leaves were the same shape, the stems were the same, and I really could not tell them...

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His Banner Over us is Love

June fourteenth is Flag Day here in the United States. We fly this colorful banner to show our love and devotion to our country. It flies over many homes and businesses every day of the year, but on Flag Day others join in honoring this national symbol. It is a symbol...

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Do not Repay Evil for Evil

"Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.  Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a...

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