“Grandfather, how will I know what to do? You have told me so many times that I am special. But what does that mean? What will I do that is so important?” The old man leaned over and scooped up the tiny girl. She was small, but he could see that there was greatness in…

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I have a confession to make. I love re-gifting, especially when it comes to my daughter Marie-Louise.  I have re-gifted the same gift to her for several years now.  It was a really cute dress when I first gave it to her.  Obviously she hated it as I found it on the bottom of her…

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“How many times, Lord?” The young woman rocked back and forth while her whole body trembled. “I don’t know how much more I can take. Lord, you are a good God. Even in my sorrow, I trust you.” She closed her eyes, and silent tears ran like rivers down her cheeks. Her resolve to trust…

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The other day, I bought a new coffee mug, and somehow, it got caught by something else on the table, and it flew to the floor. Water, ice, and mug pieces were in a heap, and with a sigh, I scooped up my new mug and everything else and threw it all in the trash.…

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 “Come on, everyone. Get those bags packed. We don’t have all day, you know. I want to get as far as we can before the sun goes down.” Lifting bales of hay and throwing them in the wagon, the man smiled. Even though he had sprinkles of grey in his beard, the sparkle in his…

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After the funeral, the group of brothers huddled together, whispering. Some were fearful, while others seemed resigned to their fate. Shaking his head, the eldest said, “come, surely there is a way that we can deal with this problem without losing our lives.” So a story was fabricated by them that reflected their lives of…

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He was hiding. He had put on a good face, as he encouraged his men. “Fight bravely. You are capable of winning this war. Have courage, men.” He held up his sword and shook his fist. No one noticed his hands as they trembled in fear or saw the truth behind the fierce-looking eyes. The…

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It was quite a day on the Temple Mount. The traders of sheep, oxen, and doves, hearing the news that “The Teacher” would come to the temple, arrived early, setting up their tables, and rigging their scales in their favor. There was great anticipation of the faithful who would pay any price to gain God’s…

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“One more day, just one more day. Put one step before the other. It will all be over soon, and life will get back to normal. Well, life will get back to the new normal, if life will ever be normal again without him.” The young woman covered from head to toe in black took…

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The night was eerily quiet. Even the toads who normally chirped all night had lost their voices. Runners had arrived telling of an army that was to come. Everyone was stunned and afraid. Swords were sharpened, and shields were made ready, and yet no army came. A quiet unnatural for so many people had fallen,…

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