Archive for the ‘Library’ Category

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,

Mother’s Musings, A

By donpedro | Reflections

By Joan Millins It will come The other night, our five kids cozied up in our room with their quilts and sleeping bags. It’s quite something when you get five kids together and realize that they are all yours. You remember each of them as a baby, and you look at them all with such

If Christmas Had Never Come

By donpedro | Reflections

By Christina Andreassen At last! The dishes were all washed, dried, and stacked in the cupboard, and I put the leftover food in the fridge as the red taillights from the last of our visitors’ cars made their way silently down the street and disappeared. It was after eleven. Wearily I trudged down the hallway

Wonder of Christmas, The

By donpedro | Reflections

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.—Isaiah 9:6 Jesus Christ was born in the humblest of circumstances, but the air above was filled with the hallelujahs

Roots

By donpedro | Reflections

By Marie Boisjoly “Let’s go! One last hug for everyone,” I told my 21-year-old son, Sam. Family and friends had gathered to say goodbye, but he had a flight to catch and traffic could be heavy on the highway to the airport. After some small talk and last-minute details and advice, as we neared the

Butterflies

By donpedro | Reflections

By Martin McTeg My wife and I live near a butterfly garden where there is a science exhibit, a nursery where the butterflies hatch and can get off to a good start in a protected environment, a gift shop, a quaint little coffee shop, and the butterfly garden itself, which is my personal favorite. The

Smiling at a Tree

By donpedro | Reflections

By Joyce Suttin Eighty-two-year-old Eloise sits in her nursing home room with Stage Six Alzheimer’s. She remembers her name but frequently doesn’t recognize her granddaughter. She is sweet and kind to all the nurses and has a special impact on them, although they routinely appear to her as strangers in her room every morning. It

Learn from the Birds

By donpedro | Reflections

By Mila N.A. Govorukha I was awakened early by a choir of birds. Singing, chirping, chanting, chiming, and conversing, their melodies were loud, joyful, and everywhere—nature’s own surround sound. Some friends and I were camping in a wooded area near Mostar, the 600-year-old city that was often mentioned in BBC and CNN world news reports