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Epiphany Gained from My Dad’s Sharing

Epiphany Gained from My Dad’s Sharing

By S.Y. The following story is about a 20-year-old's experience in the Montana mountains, and her first time camping with her family. Our family rarely had any kind of sharing at home, but one night while camping outdoors, we had our sharing time and it became one of...

Life Lesson from a 9-Month-Old

Life Lesson from a 9-Month-Old

The following story is a reflection from a mother of a 9-month-old. Watching her son grow, she has realized that she grows because of how he lives – always pushing his limits, always learning, not afraid of challenges and pain, and never giving up.  “While we try to...

The Power of Verbally Expressing Gratitude

The Power of Verbally Expressing Gratitude

One morning, as I was moving clean plates and utensils back to their respective places in the cabinet, I found myself saying, “Thank you!” to each item. This made me think, “Oh, if I am showing my gratitude to them, then I should really take care of them!” I then...

A Mother Is God’s Gift

A Mother Is God’s Gift

by Naomi MacMurdie “A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” —Tenneva Jordan  This Mother’s Day is the first time I get to celebrate as a mother myself with my own mom. I’m...

Melting Grudges

Melting Grudges

By John Mowris During World War II, my father was a Sergeant in the Marine Corps and my mother was in the Navy. My mother worked in the Washington D.C. office decoding Japanese messages. My father saw very brutal action in the Pacific during the fighting. He never...

Finding Forgiveness through God

Finding Forgiveness through God

By M.G. I recently attended a Sunday small group meeting. The theme of the discussion was, "Forgiveness." This topic reminded me of my past relationship with my father. It was the worst when I had turned 20 years old. My heart was full of resentment towards my father,...

Our Paths Lead to The Same Summit

Our Paths Lead to The Same Summit

There is a saying in Japan, “There are many paths to reach the top of Mount Fuji.” Many people have pursued greater meaning and purpose in life in search of God. I grew up in an inter-religious home --my father was a Buddhist and my mother was raised with both a...

Grandma and Fevers

Grandma and Fevers

By T.J. Whenever my kids fall sick with a fever, I think about my paternal grandmother. In my life, I have only met her a handful of times but my few memories of her are filled with a sunny warmth and images of her small, cluttered house in Kyoto. When I first...

12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas

(Photo Credit: Shutterstock) I remember vaguely hearing that the 12 Days of Christmas was a hidden code for Christian teachings. Like most people, I didn’t know the specifics and I decided to take a little time out to learn what it meant. Good old YouTube had a crash...

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