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When Suffering is Part of the Journey

In the 1880’s, four Irish brothers set out for America, along with their sister, Mary Anne. They were Henry, Adam, Robert, and my great-grandfather, James. They hailed from the Northern Irish coastline, having been born in Kilkeel in County Down. My great-grandfather’s passage information lists him as a watchmaker in ...

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Trusting When You Are Fearful

My mother’s soothing voice was often all I needed as a little girl to calm my childish fears. I have a memory from the age of four when an older neighbor girl told me the story of the “Bogeyman” for the first time, how he came into houses in the ...

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Milk and Honey, or Slavery?

For 50 years before the dawn of America’s Civil War, the people, places, and various hideouts on the Underground Railroad helped rescue slaves from the southern states, leading them towards freedom. The journey was filled with risks for both the slave, or passenger, and those offering assistance along the “railroad.”  ...

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Where is God’s Searchlight Pointing in Your Life?

If you have ever broken a bone, or fallen ill with pneumonia, or experienced a painful toothache, you have likely also benefited from the use of an x-ray in your diagnosis.  Before the accidental discovery of the x-ray in 1895 by German physicist Dr. Wilhelm Rontgen, surgery was often required ...

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Moses and Sweet Pea: A Look at Traditions

This merry time of year always brings thoughts of traditions past and present to mind. Moses and Sweet Pea are a new addition to my family’s annual tradition of selecting a live tree to cut and decorate. The little farm where we have picked out a tree each year for ...

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