The Mustard Seed

There is an old Chinese tale about a woman whose only son died. In her grief, she went to the holy man and said, "What prayers, what magical incantations do you have to bring my son back to life?" Instead of sending her away or reasoning with her, he said to her,...

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Snow

A few years ago, there was an unexpected, unpredicted snowfall in some areas of West Tennessee. Stacy Hayes remembers it well. "It had never snowed this late in the year in my memory," she says. "Daily temperatures were already over 70 degrees." The snow stayed for...

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Thankful

I met Debbie a couple of years ago. Soon thereafter she began to have a limp. Her boss sent her to get an MRI, They believed she had a stroke. Months later her symptoms were getting worse. At this time I was unemployed. Suddenly I got this job that provides medical...

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When Peace Like a River…

Can I Ever Forgive Myself?Grief affects people in different ways. Some grow closer to their family members, others push those close to them away because of their perspective of the circumstances.I found myself at odds with my cousin after the death of her dad. Any...

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It’s Worth It

The mattock cut into the ground again and again. Every time I raised it I slammed it down even harder. It felt as heavy in my arms as my broken heart did in my chest. Still, I powered through the pain and finished loosening up the dirt. I tossed the mattock aside,...

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