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    Good Morning Family Of God April 2021

    Letter 77 April 1, 2021 by Major Brenda Allen

    Have you ever lifted you voices with others, around a table, and sang a song?  Our little granddaughter listened as we sang in harmony the Doxology the other day at dinner.  We finished and she said, “Again?” 

    The disciples sang a song with Jesus, at the last meal they shared together.  We read, “ They sang...

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    Good Morning Family Of God March 2021

    Letter 76 March 31, 2021 by Major Brenda Allen

    It captured my attention. The sun shone through our front window and the window cling cross (given to each member of our church family to hang in their home) created a shadow on our wall.

     

    When something captures our attention, it causes us to be interested in something.  I could not rush by the shadow created.  I paused. ...

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    Good Morning Family Of God March 2021

    Letter 75 March 29, 2021 by Major Brenda Allen

    I was asked by a senior citizen, who was carrying some identified stress, “Where do I go to get my vaccine?  I just don’t know how to find that out.”

    I think these are days when we need to continue to “keep our antennas up.” An antenna, a metal rod or dish, catches radio waves and turns them into electrical...

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    Letter 74 March 25, 2021 by Major Brenda Allen

    Not again.  Some days I look ahead with what I call Covid hope.  I have a sense that things are well on their way to being better.  But then, something pulls a cloud over this hope I am experiencing.  Three people I know are back to 14 days of isolation.  Another person I know is waiting for a call from Public Health as...

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    Letter 73 March 22, 2021 by Major Brenda Allen

    It was uncovered a few weeks ago in my sister’s home.  It was a box marked, in my mom’s handwriting, “ Brenda Very Fragile!!! ”  Kept for us, until a later date, this box, that I had forgotten about, contained a tea-set from my mom’s, mom’s, mom. Opening it was a delight.  The dainty teacups...

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    Good Morning Family Of God 2021

    Letter 72 March 15, 2021 by Major Brenda Allen

    Retreat – ‘an act of moving back or withdrawing’.  Yesterday I began a spiritual retreat.  I will continue to enjoy it today, and tomorrow.  I am grateful for this opportunity. Those who are officer pastors in The Salvation Army are afforded this blessing on an annual basis. 

    Yesterday I sought to move into...

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    Letter 71 March 12, 2021 by Brenda Allen

    This morning I am reminded of the need to take a break. One definition of a break is ‘an interruption of continuity’. 

    Last night I did not have a thought of what to write and this morning I did not either.  Perhaps the Lord is giving me an early start to next week, a week I had chosen to rest from my writing.

    A break from...

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    Good Morning Family Of God 2021

    Letter 70 March 8, 2021 by Major Brenda Allen

    Hopeful signs of spring are beginning to emerge. Have you seen or heard anything that makes you say, “Spring is on its way?”  What is a favorite sign of spring for you? Someone recently captured a picture of a robin.  You could sense the celebration that winter was moving out!  The signs draw us to the focus –...

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    Letter 69 March 5, 2021 by Major Brenda Allen

    I walked by many ‘closed’ signs and locked doors of businesses the other day. Once again it was a disheartening experience.  I thought of the many people who at one point found great delight in turning the key to open the door, welcoming clients to enter.  I considered those who once had a place to go every day, using the...

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    Good Morning Family Of God 2021

    Letter 68 March 1, 2021 by Major Brenda Allen

    From the corner of my eye, I saw the small bunch of tulips, and I added them to my grocery cart. Tulips add a delightful splash of spring colour to any room.

    From an email I received a few days ago I learned that at the Keukenhof garden, in the Netherlands, 7 million flower bulbs have been planted.  I cannot fathom 7 million flower bulbs.

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