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Tears

Matt Laney

Christmas can be a teary time. Financial hardships, family turmoil, grief and loss, all become more acute during the holidays.


"Finish, then, Thy new creation!"

Richard L. Floyd

It is humbling to imagine that we have some part to play in the completion of God's work.


Practice

Quinn G. Caldwell

It's work, no doubt about it, this practicing for God, this learning to recognize the signs of God with us.  


Living Inside the Miracle

Matt Fitzgerald

People complain about the New Century Hymnal. "They changed the words!"


Belonging

Kenneth Samuel

The need to belong is one of the deepest needs of the human heart.


Child of Blessing, Child of Promise

Emily C. Heath

It's up to the adults in children's lives to lift them up, and bless them on their path. And Advent is as good a time as any to start. 


Fiercely Waiting

Anthony B. Robinson

This is what it means to be people of faith—to be still waiting, still watching, still hoping, still listening . . . for God.


Your Days Are Numbered

Vince Amlin

Tonight we cross off the first day of the last month of a dying year. Our unfulfilled hopes for 2016 will likely remain unfulfilled. And we have traveled another 365 days toward our ends.


Joy is the Intersection of Pleasure and Meaning

Lillian Daniel

Joy is big and generous. Pain is short-sighted, and in the scheme of eternity, short-lived.


Singing to Bullies

Matt Laney

I look forward to the day when songs about bullies sung by women and other marginalized groups are no longer necessary.