A Change of Plans

When Shiloh showed up, Mr. Gladstone was out on the porch. After they exchanged greetings, he said, "I'm sorry but there has been a change of plans." "What happened?" she asked after he motioned to her to sit down. "I had to take Emily home. She wasn't feeling well." "Oh, no. I hope she's going …

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Out With Shiloh and Emily

"I wish I could stay for a while," Rachel said to her brother. They were outside on his porch. It was Saturday and she had brought her daughter, Emily to spend the day with him. "Why can't you?" he asked. She sighed. "I have to go grocery shopping, to the cleaners and then, I'm going …

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Imaginary? Illusions?

"I read a story recently about a man who when caught claimed that the devil made him do it. Instead of admitting that he was guilty and taking responsibility for his crime, he blames it on an imaginary, fictional character." "The devil isn't an imaginary, fictional character. He's real." "Says who?" "Says the Bible." "Men …

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Can’t Deny Love

Rehoboam was back in Toronto and staying with Rehka, a cousin on his mother's side because she lived close to the nursing home. When he showed up at the nursing home the following day to visit his ailing grandmother, Tamar was already there. She was sitting beside the bed, holding her hand. Her heart skipped …

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I Have A Chance Too

I've always felt as if I didn't stand a chance with most men because I'm a plus-size woman. I'm the fat friend who tags along and ends up sitting in a corner, nursing my drink and watching everyone else hook up with someone. Many times, I went home feeling rejected and dejected and cried myself …

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Janine’s Story

I'm standing in Times Square staring at the church which was founded and opened in 1987 in this area which was once known as a center of X-rated films, strip clubs, prostitution, and drug addiction.  If I were standing in this same spot back then, people might have assumed that I was a prostitute or …

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Liz’s Mom

Liz was going through one of the boxes in the basement when she came across a photo of her mother playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey.  She was wearing a pretty pink dress with a white sash.  She smiled as she remembered her mother telling her how much she loved this game which existed …

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The Little Star

The sparkle in a grandmother's eyes the first time she sees and holds her first and only grandchild.   He is nine years old now and the sparkle is still there in her eyes when he visits her in the  nursing home.   The Parkinson's  has her confined her to a wheelchair  now but it cannot take …

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The Cottage

As she stood there, looking around at the countryside, she wondered if Ryan would be happy to see her.  It had been ten years since they last saw each other.  Ten years was a long time--too long.  She gazed wistfully at the hills they used to run up and down when they were children, wallowing …

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The Funeral

It was a gloomy day with intermittent spurts of rain.  It was as if nature itself was mourning the loss of a great woman.  Tracy was not surprised at the large turnout. The church was packed as many came to pay their respects and pay homage to Mrs. Gladys Townsend, the dear lady whom she …

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