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Jennifer English

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In these heartbreaking times, it’s easy to question where the world is going and to search for hope, goodness and truth in it all. But that can lead to painful questions. What is truth when somebody is callously killed? What is truth when unrest and turmoil sweep across cities? What is truth when disease ravages nations? What is truth when new headlines seep into your thoughts, wearing down your well-being and upending your balance? Here we are, in the throes of chaos, hurting at the result, wondering what is truth in all this? It’s a question that goes back thousands…

A beautiful tree stands just outside my apartment window. In springtime, most of its branches overflow with delicate white blossoms. But some branches are bare, cut off near the trunk, unable to produce new life this season. Why did the caretaker cut those branches? Perhaps they hadn’t produced blossoms in a while. Maybe they were rotting. Perhaps they were growing in a direction that would eventually be harmful to them. Pruning is a vital process for most trees, shrubs and flowers. It stimulates healthier production of fruit and flowers, removes damaged parts and, as one arborist website says, maintains the…

Trust is something we put into action every day. I trust that other commuters driving on the highway will obey the rules and stay in their lanes. I trust that my internet or Wi-Fi connection will work, allowing me to access Google or Instagram. We trust man-made laws and technology, even when they sometimes fail or fall short. So, why is it so difficult to trust God? Why is it that we lose trust in Him when He doesn’t immediately answer our prayers or quickly fulfill His promises? Why do we so easily forget that He is the one who…