Thursday - April 24, 2014
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Ready to Listen (April 1)

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“Therefore Eli said to Samuel, ‘Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.”‘ So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel answered, ‘Speak, for Your servant hears.’” (1 Samuel 3:9-10). ... Read More »

Determined Not to Miss Out (April 1)

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“Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it” (Hebrews 4:1). REACHING THE GOAL OF HEAVEN REQUIRES A HEALTHY MEASURE OF OLD-FASHIONED DETERMINATION. When we’re choosing what kind of inner character we’re going to have, we must choose to have traits like single-mindedness and stick-to-itiveness. We ... Read More »

Amusement (April 1)

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“Anyone without a sense of humor is at the mercy of everyone else” (William Rotsler). ON THIS DAY EVERY YEAR, PRACTICAL JOKES ARE TRADITIONALLY ACCEPTED, AND EVEN ENCOURAGED. Today of all days, “anyone without a sense of humor is at the mercy of everyone else.” Some of us need more than one such day a year. We tend to take ... Read More »

Clarity (March 5)

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“Hold every moment sacred. Give each clarity and meaning, each the weight of thine awareness, each its true and due fulfillment” (Thomas Mann). THERE IS TOO MUCH FUZZINESS IN MOST OF OUR LIVES. What should be sharp and clear is often indistinct and cloudy. We need to bring some clarity to the business of living — and also of loving. ... Read More »

The Troubles of a Temporary Home (March 5)

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“For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now” (Romans 8:22). WHEN BAD DAYS COME, WE NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE REMINDER THAT WE’RE BEING GIVEN. Good days are reminders too, of course; they remind us that God created the world. But bad days should remind us that the present world, tragically ... Read More »

Seeking God with Gratitude (March 4)

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“And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, ‘Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give ... Read More »

Selflessness (March 4)

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“A man cannot enter into the deepest center of himself . . . unless he is able to pass entirely out of himself and give himself to other people in the purity of a selfless love” (Thomas Merton). ONE OF THE GREAT IRONIES OF LIFE IS THAT WE FIND OURSELVES BY LOSING OURSELVES. If we’re so obsessed with what we’ve ... Read More »