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By Angela Ryo

I was at an open house for my daughter’s kindergarten class many years ago, excited to finally meet her teacher. My daughter, Love, had been talking about Mrs. Gardner incessantly for the first month of school, and I wanted to make a good impression on her. (more…)

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By Diana Kim

I was in a pastoral staff meeting when one of the pastors asked for suggestions and assistance on a certain matter. Without thinking too much about it, I jumped in with my two cents; a co-pastor was asking for help so it made sense that I would contribute as a means of helping. (more…)

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By Wendy Choy-Chan

Pride — self-satisfaction, can be a virtue or a vice, depending on what lies behind.

I used to take pride in my work, because…
Once I forgot to bring a textbook to school, and my teacher questioned if I would amount to anything.
So, I worked really hard, to prove to her that I was worth something. (more…)

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By Tina Teng-Henson

This year, we chose to stay and risk going deeper instead of leaving to start over from scratch.

This spring, I returned to church ministry instead of scrapping it all for an easier job.

These days… I live each one, present to its fullness. I know it might have been otherwise. (more…)

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By Joanne Moon

For mom, it must not have felt like she was giving enough until it hurt a little.

She would dip into the storehouse and always come up with a heaping scoop, leaving me to wonder what sort of glaring hollow was left behind its closed doors. But no matter – that seemed to be her measuring stick for good giving. (more…)

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Rose petals in a gift box.

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By Jerrica KF Ching

Within the definition of liberality, the key point that stood out to me is the giving of something for the benefit of others, in appropriate amounts so that we are not hoarding, but also so that we are emptying ourselves. For many of us here at AAWOL, as well as our readers, we find fulfillment in serving others. But what happens when we give so much of ourselves, that we soon burn out and begin running on fumes? (more…)

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By Emi Iwanaga

(Poem based on Luke 23:1-7)

He stands before Pilate, hands bound, body covered with wounds.

Surrounded by a crowd, agitated, one by one speaking out against my Teacher.

I observe His eyes search the faces of his accusers. Some seemingly intent on their mission with stony hearts, their eyes never meet His. And there are others, when their eyes meet His, stumble over their words, falter for just a bit or in that moment their voices lower, and yet they continue stating their
accusations.
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