November 1: For All the Saints, Part 2

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Beth P’s mom, Bev, had gone into the hospital soon after Mark’s death. After a couple of weeks, it became clear that Bev probably would not rebound, as she’d done so many times before.

I didn’t know, until last week, about any of this, but once I was told, I had to see her – she loved all the children at our church and preschool, including our Mark – and hold her hand.

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October 31: Arrogance or Faith?

8c5e1d_753a95e9059a45019109b0d0202c4b9b-mv2This verse from Job caught my eye months ago, and was included in some of the cards we received:

God may kill me, but still I will trust him and offer my defense.                                    Job 13:15 CEV

I really love Job and his determination. I was thinking about him when I was reading a different story, this one from the New Testament, about the Canaanite woman who asks Jesus to heal her daughter (Matthew 15: 21-28).  [Jews looked down on Canaanites in that time…they were not considered God’s chosen people.]

Jesus then left that part of the country and walked…to Tyre and Sidon. A woman from Canaan who was living there came to him, pleading, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, King David’s Son! For my daughter has a demon within her, and it torments her constantly.” But Jesus gave her no reply—not even a word. Then his disciples urged him to send her away. “Tell her to get going,” they said, “for she is bothering us with all her begging.” Continue reading

October 30: Almost Completely Numb

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Today’s bible verses, from various devotional sources:

Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.  Those who love their life lose it and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me…whoever serves me, the Father will honor.                                             John 12:24-26

The Lord says, “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”                                                                                                                                      Isaiah 43:19

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