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“I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.” Psalm 40:1 Waiting patiently for the Lord means we don’t try to cajole an answer out of him or force our wants and wishes on the Creator of the Universe. It means we do not act like unruly children unaccustomed to hearing […]

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End of It All

“Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet and implored him earnestly…” (Mark 5:22) We know Jairus’ story as one with a happy ending. And yet, when we first meet this distraught father in Mark 5, he has no assurance his horrible dilemma […]

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Alone Time

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” (John 15:4) It was never designed as an entry in the “have to” category, but we shoved it into that column, making it a chore rather […]

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Get In

“They said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.’” (John 4:42) Living near to the ocean is a spectacular luxury. Never making the time to stroll on the sandy […]

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Mansion Truth

“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32) At the point in our lives when God drew us to himself, we invited him in, committed our lives to Christ, and began an incredible journey with him as […]

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Psalm Recall

“Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him. You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance.” (Psalm 32:6-7) In ninety sappy minutes […]

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Pleasing Him

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) This week garbage trucks are hauling away immense loads of torn wrapping paper, tangled ribbons, and crushed cardboard boxes that a few days ago served as beautiful decorations for our gifts. Underneath our Christmas trees we stacked an […]

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Found

“And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:12) Babies are helpless, totally dependent on the care of others, completely incapable of meeting any of their own needs. They squawk and cry to communicate, bawl when hungry, wail when sleep-­‐deprived. The […]

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Life Journey

“And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. But they had no child….” (Luke 1:6-­‐7a) Zipping through the Christmas narrative, we may easily overlook the opening players in the drama that unfolds around the Christ Child. Writing his “orderly account,” Luke first introduces us to an […]

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Front and Center

“And they were all amazed and said to one another, ‘What is this word?’” (Luke 4:36) In the weeks leading up to the birthday of the King who holds dominion above all majesties, we may pay him homage by re-reading portions of his biography chronicled by St. Luke. His story is compelling and his actions […]

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