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    IN-Celebrating the wonder of creation

    Like autumn leaves, our bodies bear the marks of our mortality. But do we disrespect and neglect our bodies in the present because they will be replaced by incorruptible bodies in the future? In the following pages, educator and naturalist Dean Ohlman helps us to see that as we care for our own bodies, we also have reason to care for…

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    I sat in the doctor’s office next to my husband, as the doctor said, “Pain management may be the best we can do.”

    I gripped the handle of my cane. With limited mobility caused by chronic pain and fatigue due to a back injury, I would be considered disabled. I couldn’t face my husband, who I was sure was already exhausted…

    I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20

    In 1922, American poet T. S. Eliot wrote the poem “What the Thunder Said” about the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.

    Who is the third who walks always beside you?
    When I count, there are only you and I together
    But when I look ahead up the white…

    “Mary!” Jesus said. John 20:16

    “Jeremy” (not his real name) was excited for his big announcement. Too excited. He threw a party in the dry grasslands of the desert to reveal the gender of his unborn baby. He packed a target with explosives and blue powder (it was a boy), then shot the target. There was an explosion of fire. So…

    This makes for harmony among the members so that all the members care for each other. 1 Corinthians 12:25

    There’s a war being waged on my porch these days. It’s a daily battle fought between Sylvester and Chris—two local squirrels I’ve enjoyed getting to know—over who gets to eat the peanut butter and nut treats I set out for them. One…

    And the Father who knows all hearts knows that the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. Romans 8:27

    I asked the young man who was dying in a hospital bed if he had any prayer requests. After he rattled off a litany of names and concerns, he sheepishly looked at me…

    He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups. Ephesians 2:15

    Water Lilies, one of Claude Monet’s most famous series of paintings, depicts the serene flowers of his backyard pond. He created them to give viewers “an asylum of peaceful meditation.” This aim was achieved in the 1920s when two galleries were…

    This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 1 John 3:11

    After leading a prayer vigil in front of Albany City Hall in 1962, Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. spent more than two weeks in jail. While enduring this unjust treatment, he penned sermons about loving enemies that would later become part of…

    In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8 (NIV)

    After Ambrose (ad 340–397) became bishop of Milan, he introduced a new kind of music to the church that borrowed from Eastern styles. Some folks didn’t approve of this “radical” development, but the new form took hold. Several of Ambrose’s hymns…

    Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war anymore. Isaiah 2:4

    The death of a nine-year-old boy in his hometown of New Orleans spurred Shamarr to create a way to get guns out of kids’ hands. Recalling his own childhood in the city and how music helped him forge a healthy path through life, Shamarr collaborated with the…

    The dead man came out. John 11:44

    Henry Ossawa Tanner burst onto the art scene in 1896 with his masterpiece The Resurrection of Lazarus. The painting earned a medal at the Paris Salon, making Tanner a phenomenon. The most stunning feature of Lazarus is the many evocative expressions painted on the faces of those gathered round Jesus and Lazarus. Tanner explained…

    Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant. Mark 10:43

    With a splotch of white from the artist’s palette and a few flicks of his wrist, purplish clouds appeared on the black canvas. As the painter splashed in bits of blue and red, mountains soon loomed skyward. Flecks of white draped them in snow. Then the artist…

    IN-PEACE TO YOU

    His Peace, Our Peace

    Peace. Who among us doesn’t long for the state of mind and heart that is quiet and calm? A place where our inner being is as tranquil and undisturbed as a quiet lake?

    Peace is universally desired—the personal, interpersonal, and international varieties of it. The worldwide quest for peace accounts for a fair share of the trillions…

    IN-Compassion

    If we had the compassion of Jesus, it would change our families, churches, and neighborhoods for the better. It would allow us to give to others what all of us want for ourselves. It would enable us to fulfill the purpose for which we leave our footprints on this planet.

    This article by Vernon Grounds helps you discover how you can…