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The Broom

John Davenport believes in sweeping away the dirt in your life. Davenport, owner of Hamel Brooms in St. Jacobs, Ontario, is one of the few broom makers left anywhere. I visited his shop a few weeks ago and watched him work. He estimates he makes about 24,000 brooms a year, selling most of them to hardware stores. Some of the equipment he uses dates back to 1947. Daven...

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The Sower

Having grown up on a farm and spent long days in the fields, I have always resonated with the images of fields and crops in Jesus’ parables. As a boy I watched my father plow, fertilize, and plant the fields in the spring; monitor and pray for them throughout the summer; and harvest them in the fall. Some years the harvest was thin; other years the barn and silo were overflowing. How my father prepared the soil—picking stones off t...

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