A Cinderella Story

A Cinderella Story

My friend Kenny and his family had just returned from Disney World. “I saw a sight I’ll never forget,” he said. “I want you to know about it.” He and his family were inside Cinderella’s castle. It was packed with kids and parents. Suddenly all the children rushed to one side. Had it been a boat, the castle would have tipped over. Cinderella had entered. Cinderella. The pristine princess. Kenny said she was perfectly typecast. A gorgeous young girl with each hair in place, flawless skin, and a beaming smile. She stood waist-deep in a garden of kids, each wanting to touch and be touched. For some reason, Kenny turned and looked toward the other side of the castle. It was now vacant except for a boy maybe seven or eight years old. His age was hard to determine because of the disfigurement of his body. Dwarfed in height, face deformed, he stood watching quietly and wistfully, holding the hand of an older brother. Don’t you know what he wanted? He wanted to be with the children. He longed to be in the middle of the kids reaching for Cinderella, calling her name. But can’t you feel his fear, fear of yet another rejection? Fear of being taunted again, mocked again? Don’t you wish Cinderella would go to him? Guess

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Two Babes in A Manger

Two Babes in A Manger

In 1994, two Americans answered an invitation from the Russian Department of Education to teach morals and ethics (based on biblical principles) in public schools. They were invited to teach at prisons, businesses, the fire and police departments and a large orphanage. About 100 boys and girls who had been abandoned, abused, and left in the care of a government-run program were in the orphanage. They relate the following story in their own words: It was nearing the holiday season, 1994, time for our orphans to hear, for the first time, the traditional story of Christmas. We told them about Mary and Joseph arriving in Bethlehem. Finding no room in the inn, the couple went to a stable, where the baby Jesus was born and placed in a manger. Throughout the story, the children and orphanage staff sat in amazement as they listened. Some sat on the edges of their stools, trying to grasp every word. Completing the story, we gave the children three small pieces of cardboard to make a crude manger. Each child was given a small paper square, cut from yellow napkins I had brought with me. No coloured paper was available in the city. Following instructions, the children tore the paper and carefully laid strips in the manger for straw. Small squares of flannel, cut from

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Gold, Common Sense And Fur

Gold, Common Sense And Fur

My husband and I had been happily (most of the time) married five years but hadn’t been blessed with a baby. I decided to do some serious praying and promised God that if he would give us a child, I would be a perfect mother, love it with all my heart and raise it with the word as my guide. God answered my prayers and blessed us with a son. The next year God blessed us with another son. The following year, he blessed us with yet another son. The year after that we were blessed with a daughter. My husband thought we’d been blessed right into poverty. We now had four children, and the oldest was only four years old. I learned not to ask God for anything unless I meant it. As a minister once told me, “If you pray for rain, make sure you carry an umbrella.” I began reading a few verses of the Bible to the children each day as they lay in their cribs. I was off to a good start. God had blessed me with four children and I didn’t want to disappoint him. I tried to be patient the day the children smashed two dozen eggs on the kitchen floor searching for baby chicks. I tried to be understanding when they started

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Secret Santa

Secret Santa

The man had just filled his car with gas; he was cold, wet, and ready to head for home. He opened his car door and bent down to climb inside. “Sir, sir.” He glanced in the direction of the frail voice to find a well-dressed, elderly lady attempting to get his attention. He closed the car door and walked towards her. “Can I help you, ma’am?” The older woman explained that the gas pump was not working properly, and asked if he knew what she was doing wrong. “These are new pumps and very touchy-even for me. I’ve found the easiest thing to do is forget locking them while I fill; they keep shutting off for some reason.” “Oh my! I can’t keep pressure on that handle until my tank is full. My hands don’t have much strength in them anymore.” She cast her blue eyes to the ground in frustration. “I’d be honored to fill your tank for you!” The man’s Texas accent was gentle and he gave her a little wink. “By the way, I love your British accent.” “Yes, a British accent in Texas. People always notice!” She smiled. “We just came to the States a few years ago. That’s my husband in the car.” She paused for a moment, “He has Alzheimer’s now.” “I’m so very

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Some Rules to Make Living Worthwhile

Some Rules to Make Living Worthwhile

Rule #1. Life is not fair — get used to it! Rule #2. Eat an elephant, but one bite at a time. Rule #3. To better your lot, you have to be a lot better. Rule #4. If you have a friend, learn to talk to each other instead of about each other. Rule #5. True love isn’t Romeo and Juliet who died together, it’s Grandmom and Granddad who grew together. Rule #6. Life is not a movie. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to work. Rule #7. Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one. Rule #8. Never give up on something you really want. It’s difficult to wait, but more difficult to regret. Rule #9. If you can’t get someone off your mind, they are probably supposed to be there. Rule #10. Be yourself. No matter how hard you try; you will fail trying to please everyone. Rule #11. Never be a prisoner of your past. Be the architect of your future. Rule #12. Don’t wait for a perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect. Rule #13. Recognize there is a huge difference between failing at something you do and being a failure as a person. Rule #14. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its

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The 10 Most Important Things

The 10 Most Important Things

LOVE: The special feeling that makes you feel all warm and wonderful. RESPECT: Treating others as well as you would like to be treated. APPRECIATION: To be grateful for all the good things life has to offer. HAPPINESS: The full enjoyment of each moment. A smiling face. FORGIVENESS: The ability to let things be without anger. SHARING: The joy of giving without thought of receiving. HONESTY: The quality of always telling the truth. INTEGRITY: The purity of doing what’s right, no matter what. COMPASSION: The essence of feeling another’s pain, while easing their hurt. PEACE: The reward for living the 10 most important things. — Author Unknown Meditation: Delight yourself alsoin the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:4 Also read: • ·    Point of View • Don’t Judge A Situation You’ve Never Been In What Some Dignitaries Have Said About Prayer

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