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            Sometimes God makes dramatic changes in people’s lives. He did in Joe’s.             The son of Italian immigrants, Joe grew up in Hornell, New York, where his father worked on the railroad. His parents were Catholic. They never went to church, but the priest occasionally came by for a…

“He sustains all things by His powerful word” (Hebrews 1:3).             Spring unfolds before my eyes as I see tree branches shedding their reddish buds and, in their place, tiny green leaves forming. Yellow forsythia bushes have burst into clouds of eye-popping yellow-gold. On my kitchen table, the tightly-closed greenish hyacinth buds decided to show…

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord” (Psalm 150:6).      We were camping on a woodsy site in Ohio on that June morning when I heard it. Sitting by our tent, listening to the forest sounds, I heard a bird singing a particular pattern of notes. It was a wood thrush, with a…

  “God turns my darkness into light” (Psalm 18:28).                               Lava Tube Cave, Bend, OR             The clang of feet on metal steps signal our descent into the cave. Hands grasp ice-cold metal railings winding downward. Sunlight fades behind us. Chilling dampness…

“The rain comes down from heaven…watering the earth” (Isaiah 55:10).             This morning a gentle rain was falling on the lawns and trees, making a quiet pattering on the leaves. Its peaceful whispering was the sound of refreshing. The lush grass, unusually green for August, was gladly drinking in the welcome moisture.             I…

       “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened” (Ephesians 1:18).      Walking along a country dirt road one spring day, I was intrigued by the beautiful fields and woods stretching around me. My winter-dormant senses were coming alive to enjoy the wonders of God’s creation. The scent…

        “The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you” (Numbers 6:24).             What a glorious day—clear blue skies and 75 degrees! In February even. We northerners have learned to survive our long cold winters. But we truly love a day when the sun smiles down on us,…

      “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:16).          The view out my window early this morning revealed the drab colors of winter woods: brown tree trunks with powdery white snow at their feet, motionless weeds,…

            “I will give you a wise and discerning heart” (1 Kings 4:12).             If you were super smart, would you study technology, math, economics? Here’s what the wisest man who ever lived chose.             Nature.             Solomon was a man who lived his life based on God’s laws. When…

We’re happy to announce that J. D. Jones has again had an original piece for harp published in Folk Harp Journal. The Winter 2017 edition included “Come Join and Sing,” JoAnne’s joyful composition based on Psalm 100. The piece was originally written as a worship song for church and then later arranged as a harp…