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jeff chu

JEFF CHU of Brooklyn, New York, is feeling pretty exhausted after a year of traveling more than he ever has before. He logged over 130,000 flight miles, with reporting trips and speaking engagements taking him across the United States, as well as to Australia, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, and Thailand. He remains grateful for the gift of other people's narratives, without which he couldn't do his work. Jeff says, “I am continually reminded of the power of stories—whether they are testimonies, dramas, or parables—to change hearts and lives.”

sabra ciancanelli

SABRA CIANCANELLI says, "So many times this year I felt blessed to be in God's hands. Like the night our dog wiggled out of his leash and disappeared into the darkness. For an agonizing hour I searched, calling his name and praying. Under a starry sky Soda's furry face appeared in the eye of my flashlight, galloping towards me at full speed, out of the woods, and into my arms. Or the day my son Solomon was onstage playing his trumpet at a jazz festival, and I couldn't find him among the band members. I worried something must have happened until I realized he was right in front of me, just not so little anymore." Sabra lives in Tivoli, New York, with her husband, two sons, three cats, and a dog, who, thankfully, hasn't run away since.

mark collins

MARK COLLINS of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, says, "It's been a year of serious wins and serious losses. We lost my aunt (age 100) and then my 94-year-old dad, and some losses are simply too great for words. Meanwhile, our oldest daughter has come to grips with crippling health issues and has learned to thrive through modern medicine and her own iron will. We rejoice like the parents of a prodigal offspring. Also, after taking off a decade, I finished another book of essays and poems called Wayward Tracks, featuring some of my devotions from Daily Guideposts. Rereading what I've just written here makes my head snap back from emotional whiplash."

pablo diaz

"Elba and I appreciate our new status as empty nesters," writes PABLO DIAZ of Carmel, New York. "We do look forward to Christine and Paul visiting us with their significant others and traveling to destinations such as Spain and Mexico. We enjoy the cultures, people, traditions, and especially the food! I continue writing my weekly blog, 'Life, Faith and Prayer.' At this time in our lives, many things remain in the hands of God: the health of our parents, the futures of our children, and accomplishing our unfinished dreams. One of the most valuable spiritual insights I learned long ago is that God will not reveal His plans to us, but we discover them along our journey of faith. I continue trusting that our lives are in God's caring, loving presence."

brian doyle

BRIAN DOYLE is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland in Oregon. Of late he is happily, madly, puzzledly writing novels, which are totally great examples of being in the capacious hands of the Coherence, because "Who knows what is going on in my novels? Not me," he writes. "All the kids are in college, the dog has learned to read almost at a second-grade level, I remain exhilarated and confused after twenty-eight years of marriage, and I have a new novel called Chicago. You tell me what it's about."

sharon foster

"Every year I'm reminded of what a joy it is to be part of the Daily Guideposts family," writes SHARON FOSTER of Durham, North Carolina. "Your letters, e-mails, and invitations always come at the right moment. My children are doing well: Chase sang twice at the Lyric Opera in Chicago, and Lanea navigated the storms and clam waters of her nonprofit organization. I'm putting the final touches on one of my novels, Abraham's Well, in preparation for its republication. It has long been my hope that somehow my books would help feed hungry people. So I'm thrilled to be partnering with World Church Service's Crop Hunger Walk for special edition. You can read a good book and help feed the hungry!"

Julie Garmon

"It seems that God gave me my one-word theme for this year: simple— the opposite of worrywart," writes JULIE GARMON of Monroe, Georgia. "Intrigued with the idea, I wondered if I could possibly change. I'm discovering that prayer is a lot less complicated than I thought. These days, I talk out load to my heavenly Daddy. Sometimes I even get up and dance. In pursuing simplicity, I discovered three truths: becoming simple means letting go of all grudges and worries; people who live simply laugh a lot; to live simply means to leave every single thing in God's big, strong, supremely capable hands."

oscar greene

Featured in 2013 Edition
OSCAR GREENE of West Medford, Massachusetts is grateful for his interesting and varied life. Twenty-eight months after his marriage, he entered the US Army, later serving in the final campaign on Luzon Island in the Philippines during World War II. Following discharge from the US Army, Oscar joined General Electric Company. Going on to become a senior technical writer, he retired in 1981. A published writer, his work has appeared in newspapers, magazines and anthologies. He is the author of House of Strangers, Hampton and the War Years, and From Homecoming to Twilight.

edward grinnan

"This has been a year of joy and heartbreak," says EDWARD GRINNAN of New York, New York. He and his wife, Julee, lost their beloved 8-year-old golden retriever to cancer. "I wrote many devotions and blogs about Millie because she taught me so many lessons. I think that's why God sent her to us. The heartache of loving dogs the way Julee and I do is that you outlive all but the last one." Their new golden retriever puppy is helping them overcome their grief. "She's as sweet as Millie but different in so many ways. I can't wait to see which lessons she has been sent to teach me. That's why we named her Grace."

rick hamlin

"We have relished seeing our now-grown sons thrive on two continents," writes RICK HAMLIN of New York, New York. "William continues working in Silicon Valley, and Timothy spent the year doing mission work in South Africa, living with a group of Benedictine monks, working in their elementary school. My wife Carol Wallace's latest book is Ben Hur, which came out in conjunction with the new movie version. The original novel was written by her great-great-grandfather, Lew Wallace, and she has produced a new version, faithful to the original but more readable for twenty-first-century audience. As always, we put all that we do and our future in God's hands."