AMS Flight to the USA

Dear All, we know God does not make mistakes, but sometimes I need to be reminded.  For my flight from Amsterdam to Portland, Oregon last fall, I requested an aisle seat. I hate crawling over people when I need to stretch my legs. When I boarded the plane, my seat location was the second toward the middle of a four-seat section. I felt cramped and claustrophobic. After everyone boarded, the aisle behind me was vacant so I was able to move. The lady next to me was from Ukraine...

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DAFFODILS

Institutions are . . . well, institutions. That generally means you can’t expect their employees to respond in kind and gentle ways. They must adhere to rules and protocols set up by their superiors, right? My eighty-three-year-old sister Connie lives in a care facility. She’s lived there since 2004. Since that time, staff turnover has been staggering . . .
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A SMILE

Years ago, I volunteered as a chaplain at a hospital. Comforting people I didn’t know and sharing the Gospel with them created a lot of anxiety in me and I became very discouraged at my lack of “results.” One weekend I stayed overnight at the Oregon Coast (my “escape of choice”). Hoping to hear an encouraging word, I attended a Lutheran service the next morning. The pastor spoke about “taking up your cross.” I could feel my mood slipping down another couple of notches. About twenty minutes into his message, the pastor stopped...then he said...
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