The Power of Redemptive Touch

We continued through the evening and as I was praying and journaling, I felt the hands on my shoulders.  I felt peace and rest in them.  I closed my eyes and breathed in the moment and my thankfulness for the ways I believe the Lord chooses to meet with us.  I do not know what she prayed over me, but I felt the nearness of God in that moment of her prayers and her touch.

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Rachel DavisComment
A Heartfelt Gift

The elderly woman placed the rosary in my hand and closed my fingers around it. I remember the almost physical feeling of protest rising up inside of me. I couldn’t possibly take it. She had so few material possessions. This rosary might have been sentimental to her and one of the few things she took with her when fleeing Iraq. But I knew that to resist such a gesture could be offensive and disrespectful.  So, even though it pained me, I accepted it with deep gratitude. 

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The Greatest Who Lived

My grandfather measured 5 feet 6 inches, with an intellect that stood tall among men. He could fix anything—give him a paperclip and a toothpick and broken faucet could spill forth a stream. I once asked my grandfather if he was fulfilled in his job. He stopped what he was doing, crinkled his nose in gentle annoyance, and said something like this…

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Naomi ZachariasComment
Girls of Dignity and Nobility

Even at that young age there was something in her spirit that refused to surrender her dignity to the evil around her. She fought as best as a twelve year old could fight against organized crime. She tried three times to escape the brothels, each attempt coming closer to freedom, each one snatched away at the final moment.

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Naomi ZachariasComment
Suffer. They’re worth it.

We were gently leading them back into the pain, asking them to feel it.  Sometimes that pain was overwhelming and could often only be handled in doses, but there was something freeing and healing about beginning to face it and walk through it. 

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Rachel DavisComment
Shining A Light On Slavery

On Shine A Light On Slavery Day today, February 7, we join the globe in raising awareness of the 40 million people around the world trapped in slavery. Wellspring International Director Naomi Zacharias writes a powerful reflection…

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