“Come on, everyone. Get those bags packed. We don’t have all day, you know. I want to get as far as we can before the sun goes down.” Lifting bales of hay and throwing them in the wagon, the man smiled. Even though he had sprinkles of grey in his beard, the sparkle in his…

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After the funeral, the group of brothers huddled together, whispering. Some were fearful, while others seemed resigned to their fate. Shaking his head, the eldest said, “come, surely there is a way that we can deal with this problem without losing our lives.” So a story was fabricated by them that reflected their lives of…

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He was hiding. He had put on a good face, as he encouraged his men. “Fight bravely. You are capable of winning this war. Have courage, men.” He held up his sword and shook his fist. No one noticed his hands as they trembled in fear or saw the truth behind the fierce-looking eyes. The…

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It was quite a day on the Temple Mount. The traders of sheep, oxen, and doves, hearing the news that “The Teacher” would come to the temple, arrived early, setting up their tables, and rigging their scales in their favor. There was great anticipation of the faithful who would pay any price to gain God’s…

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“One more day, just one more day. Put one step before the other. It will all be over soon, and life will get back to normal. Well, life will get back to the new normal, if life will ever be normal again without him.” The young woman covered from head to toe in black took…

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The night was eerily quiet. Even the toads who normally chirped all night had lost their voices. Runners had arrived telling of an army that was to come. Everyone was stunned and afraid. Swords were sharpened, and shields were made ready, and yet no army came. A quiet unnatural for so many people had fallen,…

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“Why is he sleeping? I don’t understand. He has been sleeping for a half-hour while we have been watching this storm come across the lake. Look at those waves. Andy, have you ever seen them this rough? Every time I look, they get higher and higher.” With panic in his voice, Peter cried, “I don’t…

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Some days I feel like I have to create something, and doing the same thing twice is no fun, so I change things all the time. I can’t even use a recipe the same way twice. I can’t help it. I have to create, and when I do, it’s messy. I surround myself with my…

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Another rat scurried by as thoughts of hopelessness filled his mind. Hungary and dirty, he leaned back on the cold wall and closed his eyes. His heart felt empty as hopeless thoughts echoed deep within him. It had been thirteen years since he had left home. Thirteen years. The words, “I will never get out…

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“Abe, wait up. Why are you in such a hurry?” Neighbors and relatives were trying to keep up, but Abe just kept walking. He and his whole household had packed up and loaded their wagons before anyone knew he was leaving. His people had lived in that area for generations. What had gotten into him?…

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