Archive for the ‘Reflections’ Category

Things

By donpedro | Reflections

By Martin McTeg I have this thing about things. You see, I think some people have way too many of them—like those people who can’t put another thing in their garage or their closets, or those people who have so many things that they have to rent a storage place to put their extra things

Rat-Catchers

By donpedro | Reflections

By Curtis Peter van Gorder For many of us, rats are a metaphor for evil, used to describe someone or something hated, as in “You dirty rat” or “I smell a rat.” Rats have a reputation for disease and filth, and rightfully so; they can carry over 30 different deadly diseases. Besides being a health

Mayan Civilization

By donpedro | Reflections

By Anne Spring When our volunteer work took my husband Andrew, our daughter Angelina, and me from Europe to Central America, we were blessed with the wonderful opportunity to sit beside a peaceful lake in the middle of what was once the center of the rich Mayan culture. In this serene setting, the main event

What Are You Made Of?

By donpedro | Reflections

Retold by Gabe Rucker A young woman went to see her mother and told her about all her troubles. Life was hard, and she felt like giving up. No sooner had one problem been resolved, it seemed, than a new one took its place. She was tired of the constant struggle. Her mother took her

My Wobbly Dresser

By donpedro | Reflections

By Curtis Peter van Gorder “I really need to fix that,” I said to myself one morning, just like I’d said every morning for the past three weeks. I’d tried to live with my wobbly dresser, but it was getting on my nerves. One foot was shorter than the others, so every time I opened

“It Is Well…”

By donpedro | Reflections

By Ariana Keating At some time or another, we all feel overwhelmed by some loss or setback beyond our control. When disaster strikes, it seems to be human nature to dwell on the negative, rather than to look for the silver lining in that cloud that casts a deep shadow on our soul. I’ve been

Zarephath

By donpedro | Reflections

A retelling of 1 Kings 17:8-16 By Joyce Suttin “Have you something for me to eat, something to drink?” the unassuming stranger asked. “I’m weak from hunger and weary from my journey. Please, I beg you.” My heart reached out to him. I felt the same hunger pains. Zarephath, like wherever this man was fleeing

Treasure Hunt

By donpedro | Reflections

By Martin McTeg When my wife and I helped host a child’s birthday party recently, one of the activities was an outdoor treasure hunt. We wrote out clues, rolled them up, put them into plastic bottles, and hid them. The home where the party was held had a large yard with a pond, a tree

Swimming with Sea Giants

By donpedro | Reflections

By Nyx Martinez Recently I did something that should be on everyone’s to-do-in-this-life list: I swam with whale sharks. Yes, whale sharks—the largest known fish on this planet. Okay, I’m not quite sure if it was swimming with them or chasing after them, but whatever it was, the experience was one for the books. Recognizable

Star of Wonder

By donpedro | Reflections

By Curtis Peter van Gorder O star of wonder, star of light, Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy perfect light. —John Henry Hopkins, Jr. (1820-1891), “We Three Kings of Orient Are” Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold,