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MayJun 2019

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  • It Could Happen to Me
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WHEN FEARS BECOME REALITY

Rev. J. Dana Trent

I have always been anxious. My mother deemed me a “worrywart” at age six when my bedtime prayers became a desperate cadence of…

JUST A SMIDGEN

Richard Lawton

The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth.

Genesis 6:5a (NIV)

Dear God, you already know what I am thinking; but writing in your presence may help me to sort out my own thoughts.

In Indonesia, several Australians were convicted of…

06/17/19 at 11:48 AM

Pray for God’s World

The Ecumenical Prayer Cycle

This week, offer prayers for the people of Malawi and Zambia.

06/16/19 at 03:48 PM

God’s Masterpiece

Katy Steele

So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:27 (NRSV)

You created a masterpiece, a work of art into which you poured your soul. You gave it life. You saw that it resembled you, and you smiled. You were…

06/16/19 at 01:57 PM

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Passing Along God’s Gift

Tom Arthur

While I was growing up, Dad had an old Canon AE1 camera with all kinds of interchangeable lenses and flashes. He would take the camera to sporting events…

06/16/19 at 07:45 AM

FASHIONED FROM CLAY

Jessica Guillory, 20

Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.

Genesis 2:7 (NRSV)

During the summer, I tried my hand at polymer clay. I went to the craft store and bought fifteen packages of colored clay and other art supplies. The…

06/15/19 at 03:59 PM

In the Potter’s Hand



Andrea Adams

A wet glob of clay becomes an intricate vase or…

06/15/19 at 12:54 PM

Rebuilding Ruins

Sarah Arthur

I sit with my elderly neighbor on her front porch in Old East Durham, North Carolina.

“How long have you lived here, Ms. Emmy?” I ask.

She shrugs and…

06/15/19 at 09:10 AM

Acholi Beads: Recycled Paper Recycles Lives

Ciona D. Rouse

In Kampala, Uganda, a group of women have recycled their lives by making jewelry from recycled paper.

War and…

06/14/19 at 04:58 PM

The Music of the Heart

Ray Buckley

The drumbeat is the heart of our people. It binds us together—one heartbeat among many.

I recall my father lifting me to his lap. “Listen to my heart,” he…

06/14/19 at 11:55 AM

Alyssa Marquez

Teen Advisory Board Member

What are the top three qualities you look for in a friend?

“When I’m looking for friends, the top…

06/14/19 at 08:05 AM

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