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As I reached over to turn off my alarm clock I saw two postcards on the end table next to my bed. Written on each of them was a Bible verse. One had the words to Philippians 4:6&7. It goes like this: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

I recognized the handwriting immediately. The young woman who penned it had noticed that her dad was quite troubled of late. That I had been coming home from work for weeks now bothered by issues that my wife knew about, but that I tried to hide from my children. They didn’t need to know about the stress and strain of the ‘grown up world’ this early in life. There was time enough for that later.

I’m currently reading through an excellent book written by Johnny Carr (with Laura Captari) called Orphan Justice. I was really impacted by a chapter in the book on orphans and orphanages as it brought back to mind many of the same thoughts and feelings that I experienced during my time in Africa earlier this year.

You remember the old game that used to be played called, ‘Simon Says’ don’t you?  One person stood in front of a group of other people and told them or showed them to do certain things.  The key to the game was that you only said or did the thing if it was preceded by the leader saying the words, “Simon says …”  You had to pay very close attention to whether ‘Simon’ said to do something.  If he did say it, then you did it.

Hold that thought …

In February of this year, I was sitting on the top of a hill just outside a guest house in Kampala, Uganda. It was early morning and I was fascinated by watching the sight before me. There were these giant birds and I mean really, huge birds that looked like vultures (actually pterodactyls) circling in the air with their wings outspread. I can’t remember the name of those birds and though I’ve seen birds circle in the air like that here in Ohio, these really made an impression on me.

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