A Reasonable Request

“Please let us pass through your land. We will not pass through the fields or the vineyards, or drink of the water of the wells. We will travel the king’s highway. We will not turn to the right hand nor the left until we have passed through your territory” - Numbers 20:16, 17 Moses sent …

Slavery and Grooming

"What's on your mind?" Mats asked Abi. She looked like she was thinking about something. "Downtrodden doozies and winded waxers." "I'm sure you're going to explain what you mean." "Downtrodden doozies are people who are mistreated because they are thought to be troublesome, difficult or problematic. When slaves rebelled against their masters, they were seen as troublesome …

Love in Action

In John 13:2-17 Jesus washed twelve pairs of dirty feet. Why? He wanted to teach the disciples about serving those whom you love. Words of love are meaningless without actions to accompany them. He wanted them to love each other as He loved them and part of that love is willingly serving each other. Jesus …

Abi Gets Medical

"Have you ever seen people with frosted foreheads?" Abi asked Mats. They were hanging out at her place for the first time. "What are frosted foreheads?" he asked, looking confused. "What looks like frost on a person's forehead are actually urea crystals which appear on the skin surface of patients with severe Uremia." "What is …

Mom On Her Soapbox

“Mom, what’s a paradox?” “It’s a self-contradictory statement.  An example is all men are treated equal.” “It’s all men are created equal and how’s that a paradox?” “The Declaration of Independence states, 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are treated equal.'  That’s contradictory.” “Um, it’s all men are created equal.” “Well, …

No Good

She stood at the window. Asriel was still standing there and looking up. He had left about eight minutes ago. What was he waiting for? she wondered anxiously. Did he suspect something? The doorbell rang and she almost jumped out of her skin. Panicking, she ran to the foyer and after peering through the keyhole, …

Better to Wait

She wished she could put up a No trespassing sign on her life and keep out the guys who acted like they cared for her but all they wanted was one thing and when she told them that she wanted to wait until she was married, they quickly lost interest. Her friends treated her as …

A Failed Plan

The young ladies were all in a tizzy because Mr. Edmond McFadyen was joining them for dinner that evening.  Mr. Burrows had taken the liberty to extend the long overdue invitation when he had the pleasure of bumping into the young man at the gentlemen's club that morning. Ever since the McFadyens had moved into …

Depression

Depression: Let's talk This month, WHO launched a one-year campaign Depression: let’s talk. The goal of the campaign is that more people with depression, in all countries, seek and get help. Depression is an illness that can happen to anybody. It causes mental anguish and affects people’s ability to carry out everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships …

International Day of the Girl

On my twelfth birthday, I sat on the cold ground in a corner of a dark room with my knees drawn up to my chin and my arms wrapped around them as the tears rolled down my dirty cheeks.   I couldn’t sleep.   I didn’t want to sleep because I was afraid that he would come back and hurt …

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