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Tuesday, March 23
HE’S BACK! OLD PERSISTENT GRAY Cat. He turns up every morning and every evening for me to feed him. His piercing meow demands my attention, and if I don’t respond immediately, he climbs up the back door. I don’t know whose cat he is or if he really b
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Acknowledgments
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Monday, March 1
I ARRIVED BRIGHT AND EARLY at the DMV with a stack of papers, ready to renew my driver’s license. Because of new regulations, I needed my passport, my old license, a property tax statement, and my social security card. My turn to approach the counter
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Wednesday, March 17
WHEN A LOVED ONE WAS diagnosed with a serious illness, I jumped into action: appointments with social workers, doctors, palliative care nurses; arranging help; making lists of all the recommendations, medications, and plans from the various specialis
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Friday, April 9
ONLINE, I FOUND A PHOTO of a sign that read: “Welcome to Joyville.” Imagine a vacation in Joyville, Maine. Ideal, right? A destination that has the Atlantic Ocean, lighthouses, and lobster. Did I mention lobster? What must it be like to be a permanen
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Saturday, April 10
HIKING THROUGH A GROVE OF “old-growth” trees, the forest loomed, a cool haven. I heard the brook before I saw it, the soft murmur drawing me closer as it cascaded downhill. The water’s course must have shifted during the previous winter’s storms, for
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Sunday, March 14
LAST SUNDAY, AS I HEADED across the parking lot after church, a woman I hadn’t seen for a while walked ahead of me. I caught up and asked the too-traditional question, “How are you doing?” She answered, “Great . . . okay, there’s more behind that res
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Sunday, March 21
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU’VE BEEN trying to birth? A personal goal, a ministry, a business, a baby? Whatever that burning desire is, if it lines up with the Word of God, be assured that Jesus gave you the strength to conceive it and will see you through
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Saturday, March 6
I REGULARLY ATTEND AL-ANON FAMILY meetings, a group dedicated to helping family members of alcoholics. At a recent meeting the topic was step 7, “Humbly ask Him to remove our shortcomings.” My “Him” is Jesus who died, not only to take away my shortco
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Monday, March 15
I REMEMBER MY FIRST TRY at evangelizing. It was at a church event held near a local park. We were told to approach strangers in pairs, tell them the Good News, and invite them to church. As a new believer, this was very tough for me. I was tongue tie
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Good Friday, April 2
AS I CONTEMPLATED HOLY WEEK, I forced myself to walk slowly through Good Friday and think about it’s meaning. The first time it’s called good—or “guode” in old English—is in a text from the 1200s. The Baltimore Catechism from 1885 says it’s because J
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Tuesday, March 2
WHILE IN THE MIDDLE EAST, I met a man who’d been tortured by ISIS for studying social justice and human rights. One night in prison, he prayed, God, if You exist, then save me. A short time later, bombs fell on the prison. The attack enabled my new f
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Easter Sunday, April 4
MATTHEW TELLS US THAT JESUS’S first words after rising from the dead were, “Hello. Do not be afraid.” That seems significant to me as a person who tends toward fear. I’m only brave if courage means you do stuff even if you’re scared. I do almost ever
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Mornings with Jesus
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Edward Grinnan MORNINGS WITH JESUS EDITOR Janet Talbert CONTRIBUTORS Susanna Foth Aughtmon, Jeannie Blackmer, Isabella Campolattaro, Pat Butler Dyson, Gwen Ford Faulkenberry, Grace Fox, Heidi Gaul, Sharon Hinck, Pamela Toussaint
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Maundy Thursday, April 1
WHEN MY DAUGHTER STELLA WAS a little girl, she finally cleared up something about communion that I never quite understood. Communion had always seemed so formal, even impersonal. It was a ritual I respected greatly but didn’t quite understand. We wer
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Tuesday, April 13
WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE a simple project. Famous last words, as they say. Convert the front porch into a four-season room. How hard could that be? We wanted to create a reading room, a comfortable place to reclaim quiet and another hangout location wh
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Wednesday, March 3
I FEED MY CAT TOMMY on the porch. He considers a half-full bowl unacceptable and scorns it, so I was surprised to find it empty one night. Not a crumb remained. I thought through possibilities—raccoons, skunks, a loose dog? But there was no evidence
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Sunday, April 11
“WORD OF THE YEAR” IS a popular practice these days. With God’s help, you choose a word for the upcoming year, and then focus on living that word for the next twelve months. This year I chose the word “rest.” But a few months into the year I started
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Friday, April 30
THE HAND-LETTERED SIGN SAID: “12-YEAR old female cat, declawed, free to a good home.” Hmmm. Why would someone who’d had a cat for twelve years want to give her up? Had the cat grown mean? Was the owner ill and no longer able to care for her? It was a
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Wednesday, April 28
AS MY HUSBAND AND I were home shopping, we found some land with a spectacular view of the mountains that can be subdivided into two building lots. It’s too much for us to do alone, so we’ve been talking with a couple who have had a longtime dream of
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Monday, March 22
“DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE WORD,” the keynote speaker suggested. “Don’t overthink it. Jot down the first thing that comes to your mind. Make it relate to something you’d like to pass on to others. Something I’d like to pass on to others? So many optio
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Friday, March 26
I COUNSEL OTHERS TO CARE for their feet because healthy feet are vital for a healthy lifestyle. When our feet hurt, it harms our whole body. I know because I’ve had four foot surgeries from neuroma, a painful pinched nerve. Most women get it from yea
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Friday, March 12
“I HOPE BILL FROM THE Optimists Club invites me to judge their youth speech contest again this year,” I told my husband, Kevin. He smiled. I’m sure he remembered how much I enjoyed the experience. I told him, a little embarrassed, how associating wit
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Sunday, April 18
FRIENDS, MAY I CONFESS TO you that I used to hate baseball and groaned when my oldest son decided to play? Never into sports myself, I reluctantly embraced my son’s natural athleticism, but baseball made me want to nap on the bleachers. Games seemed
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Thursday, April 15
MY HUSBAND AND I ENJOY biking, and we regularly bike up a quiet road winding through a canyon near our home. One day we found a rock outcropping with a litter of baby foxes romping around. We biked down. I grabbed my camera and rode up to the spot. I
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Monday, April 26
THE LORD SENT ELIJAH TO safety in an isolated area (1 Kings 17:2–6). David, a man after God’s own heart, spent years in solo worship as he tended sheep. Jesus also sought solitude with the Father as He fasted and prayed in the wilderness. Each one of
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Tuesday, March 16
ON THE TELEVISION SHOW LET’S Make a Deal, the host invites audience members to make transactions. For instance, he hands someone a thousand dollars and then presents her with a choice: “Do you want to keep it or trade it for what’s hidden behind the
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Tuesday, April 27
THERE IS SO MUCH MORE Jesus wants to do in the earth through us, but as a body we struggle with unbelief. In the context of today’s Scripture verse, Jesus was trying to preach and heal people in His hometown of Nazareth, but they wouldn’t receive Him
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A Note From The Editor
WHEN I WAS A CHILD, my family would spend every Easter with my grandparents in Philadelphia. Each trip was filled with fresh adventures and new activities. We visited local landmarks; we went to church; we talked; we laughed; and we decorated for Eas
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Thursday, March 25
WE LIVE NEXT DOOR TO the church we pastor. When our mid-western weather is either too muggy or frigid to walk outside, we exercise in the sanctuary. Three days ago, a visitor joined us. My husband, Kevin, and I had barely started walking when we hear
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