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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. Continue Reading »

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Photo taken at Yosemite National Park

By Liz Chang

I can’t remember the last time I’ve ever used that word, MAGNIFICENCE. When I think about the word, it assumes a next-level quality. It’s not like the words “awesome” or “great” that get tossed about in day-to-day use. Could you imagine someone confirming plans with you and saying, “Magnificent!”? I can’t.

Magnificent feels more like a word that is reserved for extravagance, royalty, and supreme significance. There’s a glorious quality about magnificence. When something is magnificent, it is beyond average, beyond typical, beyond meeting expectations. It is above and beyond. It is abounding, grand, awe-inspiring, and divine. Continue Reading »

By Emi Iwanaga

By Emi Iwanaga

Poised and still, they whisper an invitation.

As they colorfully and aromatically proclaim their Maker

Time, soil, sun and water yielding to His work in silence.

Unseen, unnoticed until their beauty blossomed. Magnificent. Continue Reading »

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By Sharon Lee Song

In their book, unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity…and Why It Matters, David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons found, based on their poll results, that non-Christians think that Christians are judgmental, hypocritical, homophobic, too political, insensitive, and boring. Continue Reading »

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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. Continue Reading »

Rose petals in a gift box.

Photo by Marco Verch Professional Photographer

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? Continue Reading »

 

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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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