Not Understanding Helps Me Understand

by Lori F. I am continually surprised by the way new things happen in the same old situations. Despite the Teacher’s assertion that there’s nothing new under the sun, there’s still a lot of new light being shed. We attended an Easter service at the Kiel (Germany) ward of our church, and there was a lot I didn’t understand. I know several dozen words in German, perhaps even a hundred. But only a few of the ones I know came up in conversation or in the service, and they were positively swamp...
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I Wanted this Job, But God had Other Plans

  [Note: This is from a Facebook post by the author.] by Tony D. Reading about ____________ Corporation's woes has me reflecting. Just before I graduated from college, I really wanted to work at their headquarters - specifically in its I.T. rotational program. I thought it was a cool company. I liked that they give back 5% to the local community. I wanted to live in their home state, and I thought working downtown would be fun. I made it through several rounds of interviews, bu...
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Aren’t a Lot of Religious People Hypocrites?

By Elana B “I don’t need religion. I don’t need to go to church to be a good person or happy. Besides, I think church-goers are all a bunch of hypocrites.” That’s often what I hear, along with: “Your standards are out of date; no one believes them anymore.” These comments are often the basis for criticism or a direct attack, or they’re the basis for a group’s or individual’s fighting back, railing against the loss of morals and decorum in society. The proverbial “gauntlet” is thrown down dail...
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A Love That Never Died

By Susan F My husband had a brain tumor. This diagnosis led to many difficult days, and after surgery he developed many complications causing his short hospital stay to extend to 131 days.  I went to the hospital every day—even on the day of my daughter’s wedding.  It wasn’t easy watching him suffer and regress.  I could not help him physically – only be there to support and love him. Days were long and nights were longer.  My mind never stopped thinking about my sweet husband and the diff...
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Positively Dealing With a Chronic Illness

Name Withheld A year after the untimely death of my wife, I almost died of a broken heart. My health was wrecked and a massive heart attack left me in a chemically induced coma for a month and I was resuscitated 41 times - a hospital record. During one of these episodes I had a near death experience: I found myself in a relatively small town, where I was a shopkeeper of a general store. The people in the town seemed to know me and like me. It seemed as though I had lived in this town for dec...
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How Does God Bless Our Military and Their Families?

By Kimberlee F. Being an Air Force wife, I don't have much control when it comes to my future. I usually don't know when, how, or where we are going next until right before it happens. I often feel my life is being held by a string as if I were a puppet, not knowing where the master's hand will move me next, or even what he will move next. Things have a way of happening at the least of convenience. It has not been easy, by any means, but I have found a way to have joy and fulfillment in it. ...
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