The Home Run

By David Armstrong

The coach strode across the baseball diamond to reach Tom, the rookie warming up in left field. “How are you feeling today, Tom?”

Tom grinned his boyish gin. “Great, coach. I’m feeling really good. In fact, I’m feeling so good, you might as well tell the rest of the team to just sit the bench. I think I can handle this whole game by myself.”

The coach chuckled. “Well, I’ll probably send the other guys out anyway, just in case. They need the practice.”

“Okay, coach, whatever you say. But I’ve got a feeling this is my day!”

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Giving up the Burden

When Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you” (Matthew 11:29), He was inviting us to enter a relationship with Him by making gospel covenants. His strength then becomes our strength, His power our power; therefore, He added, “my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (v. 30) because He is there to carry it with us.

However, there are times where it can feel like I don’t have much strength at all, that my weaknesses are too great for me to bear any burden.

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The Invasive Grass

Some grasses are pleasing to the eye—fescue or Kentucky bluegrass, for example—and others just aren’t. Where I live, people tend to have lawns with the nicer grasses. But the less appealing grasses try their hardest to get a foothold and then take over.

Yes, you have a variety of leafy weeds like dandelions and bindweed, but then you have grasses that act like the attractive ones but don’t look as nice and spread far more quickly.

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To See through the Dark Glass

Many books have been written and movies made about seeing or traveling into the future. It’s a concept that fascinates. What would I do if I knew what’s coming? What would I change?

Of course, the Lord knows what lies ahead for all of us, and He has instructed His prophets throughout time. The prophet Alma asked some of his people, “Do you look forward with an eye of faith, and view this mortal body raised in immortality, and this corruption raised in incorruption, to stand before God to be judged according to the deeds which have been done in the mortal body?” (Alma 5:15).

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Grandma’s Photograph

Emmaline felt like a hole had been opened up in her chest when her grandmother passed away. Grandma had been living with Emmaline and Mom, taking care of things while Mom was working.  Having the three of them in their tiny apartment made it hard for any of them to have space to herself. But as Emmaline spent more and more time with Grandma, she came to love having her around.

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