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A Love for All People

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I remember looking out of the side windows of the bus as we traveled down the dirt road and through the local neighborhood.  Children would come running out from their homes and chase the bus shouting and smiling.  Their excitement and intrigue was undeniable.  Their voices were captured in an uncommon language but their smiles communicated a common message.  Love.  And that’s what we were there to reciprocate.  Though we couldn’t speak the same...

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Posted by Jerimiah Smith
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The Closeness of Family

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A friend told me the other day that her daughter, who recently graduated from SMU, plans to stay in Dallas instead of moving back to Fort Worth. The distance between Fort Worth and Dallas seemed relatively small to me but clearly not to her. As I listened to her talk, I heard two things. First, it sounded like most or all her extended family lives in Fort Worth. Keeping that in mind, Dallas probably does seem far by comparison. My family experience, for several generations, has been one of...

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Posted by Kathy Raines

The Beauty of Community

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On September 1, we celebrated my mom’s 91st birthday – ice cream, cake, BBQ and kale salad. (Who could ask for better than kale salad?) Truthfully, I love when I see so many generations in one room enjoying the presence of each other. Watching so many gather around my mom and lavish love on her and watching those same people gather around her great grandbaby of 13 months and lavish love on him was certainly a highlight. Watching that gentle, abundant love across the generations...

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Posted by Caroline Poe

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