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A Channel of Peace

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I recently heard for the first time a Catholic hymn, “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace,” based on a prayer often attributed to Saint Francis. The words of the song/prayer have similarities to the text of Isaiah 61, where the prophet speaks of God’s promised blessings through the Messiah to the Church and the Church’s response of praise. While this is not a Christmas text, it does point us to the coming Christ and the hope we find in Him. I hope you will be...

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Posted by Matt Bowen

The Greatest Gift

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Year after year I'd find myself laying there, eyes wide open, staring at the ceiling, begging for sleep to come. But sleep was elusive, like a friend who refused to be found. The more I wanted it, the harder it was to find. So each year, on this particular night, I'd experience the simultaneous feelings of excitement and frustration. So eager for the morning but unable to escape the night. This ... was Christmas Eve.The anticipation for Christmas morning was always one of the most exciting...

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Posted by Jerimiah Smith

Friends to Carry the Load

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Some of my greatest blessings in this life are the people with whom I share this journey.   My list of people for whom I am thankful is a mile long. Each week, my reasons to thank God for these friends gets added to or God sends another friend my way. Each friend is a reminder that I cannot manage my life alone. The hurts, habits and hang-ups that I have in my life are more than I can handle. I need God in control of every step I take. I need...

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Posted by Caroline Poe

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