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  • Dancing in the summer rain

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    This is the time of the year when rain is a frequent visitor, especially in the afternoon. It is then that a person is tempted to go outside and dance in the rain. One famous singer was so caught up with a rainy afternoon that he did his famous, “Singing in the rain.” At my age, the only dancing I do is the bathroom shuffle, which has become more frequent than usual lately.

  • Is it time to rise up?

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    I will get up, go to my father, and tell him I’m sorry – that I’m really, really sorry.
    Jason let out a heavy sigh and slid down the wall to a seated position. He squeezed his eyes shut for a long moment. But after all I’ve done to him, why would he forgive me?

  • Then the birthday card arrived

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    When I was young, I always looked forward to my birthday. I could not wait until it came around and usually it was in the summer. I distinctly remember graduating from the age of 9 to the double-digit number of 10, I thought I had arrived.
    When I hit the age of 16 and got my driver’s license and started driving around, of course my driving around was contingent upon my father allowing me to borrow his car. When I turned 18, however, I bought my own car.

  • Today can be a prosperous day

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    About a year before my mother-in-law, Helen, died, Bert and I drove to the next town to celebrate her 97th birthday with her.
    On the way to the facility where she lived, I meditated on Psalm 1:3, “He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers” (Psalm 1:3 NASB).

  • Why can’t summer be forever?

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    Of all the seasons in the year, summer has to be my favorite. I am reminded of an uncle of mine who, when asked what his favorite piece of pie was, always said, “The one I’m eating at the time.”
    Maybe I have something of my uncle in me, I do not know. I just know that I love summer. It started back when I was a young boy and realized during summer I did not have to go to school.

  • To delight in the midst of stress

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    My goal is to find my delight in God and His Word, even in – no, especially in – the midst of my stress.
    During one particularly stressful week, I struggled with how to handle a personal situation that involved family members who are very dear to me. I wanted us to stay in each other’s lives, yet I knew I couldn’t go along with the direction they had chosen. As I spent more time in the Bible and thinking about the passages I was reading, I was able to discern ways to handle the emotional and awkward situation.

  • Why not just be an American?

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    As we celebrate another birthday of this great country, I cannot help but think back on some of our history.
    I know some people are ashamed of our history and so we have revisionists rewriting American history. Nevertheless, I certainly want to celebrate the real America.
    My wife and I were relaxing after a scrumptious supper and were watching a little bit of TV. I was half dozing, as is usually my condition after such a supper, when my wife startled me with a question.

  • You don’t have to stay friends

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    Are you hanging out with people who offer bad advice, or invite you to go to unsuitable places or make fun of ideas you hold sacred?
    Have you been wishing you had the courage to break ties with them?
    Sometimes, we need to make the tough decision to end a friendship. If you are becoming increasingly frustrated because of the choices you’re making, and you know that it’s greatly due to the influence of another person in your life, then please read (and seriously think about) this week’s verse:

  • Christ too got a humble start

    By ETHEL SKIPPER

    Born again people, it is so important that as Christians we check ourselves daily. Jesus was born to be the Savior of the world. As we shed direct light on some of the important details surrounding the birth of Jesus we must remember his humble beginnings because they are so important to our salvation. Jesus was born into humble circumstances, but this was his Father’s will. The long awaited Messiah might not meet the expectations of many 21st Century people but He came right on time and in the exact manner God intended.

  • And Then It Was Summer

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    Summer is my favorite time of the year. It makes up for the nastiness of winter, the cold and the gloom, not to mention the snow. The only place I like my snow is on a postcard sent by some family member up North where they have all that kind of stuff.
    My love affair with summer began when I was in school. I know school is supposed to be a great time and it was for me except for those classes where the teachers were trying to teach me something. They had their work cut out with me.