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Stunted Growth

By donpedro | Reflections

By Peter Story When I was a kid, I saw plenty of goldfish in the houses of my friends, and I remember wondering why so many people would want to keep such small, unexciting creatures as pets. Then one day I went on a school field trip to a botanical garden that had a pond

Free at Last

By donpedro | Reflections

By Sichrovsky Li Shuping One by one the prisoners filed into the small meeting hall. Each one wore the same gray outfit and had the same closely trimmed haircut, but their faces showed that each was an individual with his own story of what had brought him to this place. “I am arranging for the

Determined Salmon

By donpedro | Reflections

By Martin McTeg In all of nature, I don’t know of a more determined creature than the North Pacific salmon when it is returning to its place of birth. Born in fresh water, these particular salmon migrate to the ocean and return to their birthplace three or four years later to reproduce. That may sound

Carry Me

By donpedro | Reflections

By Gabriela DeLorenzo During my times of meditative prayer, I sometimes picture myself running into Jesus’ arms to give Him all my troubles and ask Him to carry both me and them. The image is similar to that of the well-known poem “Footprints.” One day as I reflected on that picture, I was reminded of

Free Climbing

By donpedro | Reflections

[Notes: Bible references in double brackets [[ ]] will appear as footnotes.] By Mila Govorukha One September I visited friends for a couple of weeks. The break was both a welcome change from my usual responsibilities and a chance to spend extra time with Jesus, resting and collecting my thoughts prior to making several important

Listening and Loving It

By donpedro | Reflections

[Notes: Bible references in double brackets [[ ]] appear as footnotes.] By Martin McTeg I live in an area with lots of trees and lots of songbirds. Whenever I can, I have my morning coffee out on the patio, where I can hear the birds. It’s my favorite time of day—just me and the birds.

Resigned to Win

By donpedro | Reflections

By Marie Boisjoly The other day a bumper sticker caught my attention. Resigned Alcoholic. It was meant as a joke, I’m sure, and it got a smile out of me, but as I thought about it more I realized how easy it is to resign ourselves to weaknesses or circumstances that hold us back from becoming

Two Weeks in Paradise

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By Dennis Edwards I recently spent two weeks in Sahrawi refugee camps near the oasis city of Tindouf, in southwest Algeria. Ten of us volunteers, from teenagers to fifty-somethings, had made the trip from our base in Granada, Spain, to speak and perform in the camps’ schools and community centers. The Sahrawi people are the

Door Swings Wide Open, The

By donpedro | Reflections

By Martin McTeg A few weeks ago, some children in our neighborhood faced a real tragedy—the sudden passing away of their beloved dog, Kaluua. It was decided that Kaluua would be laid to rest under a shade tree in the garden at home, next to a beautiful statue of an angel, and that a simple

Magic of Forgiveness, The

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By Victoria Olivetta “I wish you had been born a boy!” I don’t know how many times I heard my mother say that as I was growing up. I understand better now, considering her own upbringing and the attitudes of Argentine society at the time, how disappointing it was for her to have only one