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Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. -Proverbs 3:5 (NRSV) Like many other places, my hometown has a maze, cut into a field of corn. This corn maze covers six … more
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning. - Lamentations 3:22-23 (NRSV) For several years, wild violets have grown in part of my herb … more
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever. - Psalm 136:1 (NIV) Several years ago, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. A few years after my diagnosis, I went through … more
A woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on [Jesus’] head. - Mark 14:3 (NRSV) My son gave me a big bottle of my … more
Daniel knelt down, prayed, and praised his God three times [each] day. - Daniel 6:10 (CEB) Having put all five of us children and all our belongings into the cart, my father helped my mother get … more
God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. - John 3:16 (NIV) When I was young, I could have won a medal for making … more
When the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. - Acts 2:1 (KJV) I have been teaching my 6th grade Sunday school students about Pentecost. I tell them how I … more
You are not your own; you were bought at a price. - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV) The wind was brisk as we stood huddled and cold on the town steps one evening in April. We were thankful we had … more
Carry each other’s burdens. - Galatians 6:2 (CEB) I have never understood why people suffer or prayers seem to go unanswered, and I probably never will. I do, however, find comfort in knowing … more
“My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. - Isaiah 55:8 (NIV) “Kim, you’re a good employee and the residents love you, but due to … more
Let us . . . make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. - Romans 14:19 (NIV) One Sunday morning after worship I overheard a brief conversation between two parishioners. … more
Faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. - James 2:17 (NRSV) During perestroika, a time of political and economic instability in the Soviet Union, many Russian people, fearing for their lives, … more
Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.” - John 8:11 (NRSV) I often think back to mistakes I made both in the distant past and just … more
Jesus prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” - Matthew 26:39 (NIV) I keep a written copy of the verse quoted above in … more
What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. . . . yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. - Ecclesiastes 3:9-11 (NIV) When I … more
We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. - Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) Moses was rescued as an infant and grew up in the palace of … more
The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” - Matthew 25:40 (NIV) When I visit urban areas near … more
Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven. - Matthew 5:44-45 (NRSV) One day, my young daughter came home from school and told me, … more
Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions. - Ecclesiastes 7:10 (NIV) While doing some spring cleaning, I came across a dust-covered … more
The LORD waits to be gracious to you. - Isaiah 30:18 (NRSV) As I worried recently about the results of medical tests, I thought of all the occasions in my life that have required waiting. I have … more
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