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God Always Listens Minute Meditations
In our spiritual progress we will all have a stretch of dryness in prayer, when the feeling of God’s presence evaporates for a time. In such times we need to recall that despite God’s divine silence, he is always listening to us.
— from Holding Jesus

Friday, December 14, 2012
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