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Angel on the Run

By donpedro | Reflections

By Ivan Cordoba How did I get myself into this? My knees felt as though ice picks were stabbing them from every side. I passed the 10-km marker. Only 11.243 km to go—only! I had taken up running after a friend had run his first marathon. “It will be a great experience!” he assured me.

Bringing Out the Grain

By donpedro | Reflections

By Jay Phillips After an elderly neighbor lost his weekend cottage in a careless fire, I helped in the cleanup effort of what looked more like the aftermath of a small bomb blast on his wooded plot of land. What had once been a quiet getaway home had been reduced to heaps of charred wood

Saved from Who Knows What

By donpedro | Reflections

By Joyce Suttin “Grandma, why do you always pray before you drive?” The question came from my eight-year-old grandson. I had been vacationing at the beach with his uncle and cousins, and I was about to start the five-hour drive home in the rain, with my two young grandsons in the back seat. “Driving is

Dawn of a New Year, The

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By Andrew Mateyak On the first day of each New Year, I get up at around 5:00 am to watch the sun rise. I pick a spot where there is a good view—the beach, a tree, a basketball court. This year I have chosen the roof. As I sit down, I think about all that

Chesspiece, The

By donpedro | Reflections

By Misty Kay I started this game filled with confidence. From my vantage point at one end of the board, as I looked at the field of black and white squares before me, I was sure I was about to accomplish great feats. I looked up at my master’s face. Will he use me? Will I

Something from Nothing

By donpedro | Reflections

By Anne Spring Padre Luis Cordero Rodríguez was enjoying a final few minutes of solitude as he finished his lunch at a high-class restaurant in an affluent suburb of Lima, Peru. As he reflected on his afternoon commitments, he was interrupted by a ragged boy who had been watching from the entrance and had finally

As It Will Be

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By Peter Story I listened to a song demo today. I’d heard plenty of them before, but this one sounded unusually rough. I tried not to let on that it grated on my nerves. My friend had warned me that it was a demo before he pressed the play button, but I still wasn’t quite

Seize the Day!—Meditations for the New Year

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Today is life—the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Shake yourself awake. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.—Dale Carnegie The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the buts you use today.—Les Brown Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for

Reward of Faith, The

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By Misty Kay “Oh, my lord, what shall we do?” Elisha’s servant asked. The king of Aram (present-day Syria) was at war with ancient Israel and had sent an entire army to the city of Dothan to capture the prophet Elisha. They came by night, so that when Elisha’s servant woke and went out early

Today

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By Joyce Suttin I was eight years old and learning diligence through the few chores I had been given. Growing up on a sheep farm near Pleasant Hill, in upstate New York, there were always lots of responsibilities to be divided between us four children. Being the youngest, I had been used to getting what