Devotionals

Pickled Milk

My mother and grandmother had been making tomato sauce, and the house was filled with the aroma of the spices and fruit. What a lot of work was required in those days, toiling over the wood-fueled stove to produce that rich sauce. When all was cooked, the onion peelings, tomato skins and spices were seived away, and the strainings were duly dumped over the fence onto the rubbish pile in the adjoining field. They were well aware that cows grazed…

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Load Bearing

I remember when I was a little girl and still living in the city, being fascinated with the wooden toy truck my father had made for my younger brother. To me it was a very large truck, in fact I tried it for size and I could sit in the tray! We were about to shift to a place in the country, and the truck was for my brother to use in “construction sites””, for carrying dirt and other such…

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Finding Jesus

//–> “Tomorrow morning,” the famous surgeon began, “I’ll be opening your heart…” “You’ll find Jesus there!” the boy grinned. The surgeon looked up, annoyed. “I’ll CUT your heart open,” he continued, “to see how much damage has been done… “and when you Cut open up my heart, your gonna find Jesus in there.” He smiled. The surgeon looked to the parents, who sat quietly. “When I see how much damage has been done, I’ll suture your heart and chest back…

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Despised and Rejected

My father was in his mid 50s when he had his two children, and while the doctor said of my birth he had “never seen a more perfect baby” (which I am sure he said to most parents), my brother was born prematurely and with several learning disabilities. My parents spent a great deal of money and time helping him learn. He went to the best doctors at Walter Reed Hospital as a child and continued to attend special courses…

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Stars

Stars My son was young, and on his first excursion out into the dark. Not wanting to show his fear, he said, “I’ll hold your hand Mummy, so you won’t be scared of the dark.” I took his hand and we went away from the lights of the house, and looked up into the sky. That night my son got his first glimpse at the enormity of the universe beyond our earth. Abraham Lincoln once said, “I cannot conceive how…

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