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The bishop’s candlesticks

The bishop’s candlesticks

Amy Joy Mizrany

The many stories Victor Hugo weaves in Les Misérables are powerful and memorable. My favorite one is about the ex-convict Jean Valjean and a small-town bishop. After bein... »

The meaning of Christmas

The meaning of Christmas

Amy Joy Mizrany

It’s Christmas, and I love to sing! It’s almost a subconscious action at this point—whether I’m walking or sitting or on my phone, I’ll be singing. It’s something I do th... »

The greatest moment

The greatest moment

Amy Joy Mizrany

I’ve always thought it was fitting that Jesus’ crucifixion took place on a hill. His cross was raised above the pathways and bustle. You had to travel up to it, you had t... »

One day at a time

One day at a time

Amy Joy Mizrany

I like to say that I don't get stressed. It's true that I'm not a very stressful or stressed-out person. But the truth is that while I don’t often get stressed over event... »

You’re beautiful

You’re beautiful

Amy Joy Mizrany

Something precious happened at Sunday school today. After teaching my class of younger children, I went to host the Q&A session with the older children. Today, there... »

Times of change

Times of change

Amy Joy Mizrany

One of the biggest challenges of the modern world is the rate of changes that affect our lives. In a constantly swirling cycle, trends are born and die faster than ever,... »

The art of compliments

The art of compliments

Amy Joy Mizrany

My music teacher was over 70, kind, old-fashioned, and somewhat fastidious. But he had a way of making you feel special. He would always take you seriously and express in... »

Five word plan

Five word plan

Amy Joy Mizrany

At any point in time, there’s always someone looking to revitalize their life or turn over a new leaf. If that’s you right now, here’s a simple plan that I found to be in... »

Jesus’ type of joy

Jesus’ type of joy

Amy Joy Mizrany

On a very cold and gloomy morning, I woke up to find that I had overslept. With an angry groan, I rolled out of bed and began to groggily get dressed. Then I remembered!... »

The making of a violin

The making of a violin

Amy Joy Mizrany

One morning, I walked into my music teacher’s classroom to start my violin lesson and noticed two violins on the desk. My eye was immediately drawn to the first one, whic... »