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Volume 3, Issue 6 - February 2007

"'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."
~ Mark 12:30-31 NIV ~


Hello, and welcome to the February Issue of FaithWriters' Magazine-and I can guarantee some great reading this month. Some for the heart, some for the soul, and some for the hands and feet.

Of course, being February, we can't resist going a little overboard on the topic of "love." Not love as the world knows, based on feelings and with a lot of strings attached, but love as we know in Christ-pure, selfless and sacrificial.

We never went through the torture of Valentines Day mailboxes at school here in Australia when I was growing up, but it is apparently a more common thing in some other countries-such as the United States. I can only cringe at the thought of how many children are left feeling unloved and rejected in the classroom each February 14, and that's the way our front page featured story, "Memories of Miss Cochrane's Class," begins this month.

Memories of Miss Cochrane's Class
By Teri Wilson

Holly looked at all the white baker's bags hanging from the chalkboard at the front of the classroom. As usual, the bags belonging to the popular girls bulged and overflowed, straining to contain all the paper Valentine cards within. Holly was not one of the popular girls. Her bag dangled limply from its place, the buff cocker spaniel she had drawn on the front staring back at her with big, sad eyes.

"Class, if your math assignment is complete you may come get your Valentine bag." Miss Cochrane scurried to avoid the stampede of children rushing for the front of the room.

Holly shuffled toward her bag and tried to look nonchalant, as if she hadn't the slightest interest in what rested in the bottom of the white sack. It felt light as air when she unfastened it from the chalk tray and she forced herself not to look inside until she had gotten back to her desk.

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Although new to FaithWriters' Magazine, Teri Wilson is not new to FaithWriters. Her heartwarming stories have become firm favorites and I know you'll enjoy this sample of her work in this very special front page story. I'm sure this won't be the last we'll be seeing of Teri.

Have you ever wondered whether love is real if it isn't acted out? We know that faith without works is dead, and I can't help but think that love without action is also dead-or, perhaps, an illusion. Putting our love into action will always bring great blessing, and that's why I really want to highlight an outstanding article in We are the Church this month.

In her article, "Six Ways to Let Those with Chronic Illness in Your Church Know You Care," Lisa Copen encourages us to put our love into action by making our churches an oasis for every member-including those who are suffering with chronic pain and illness. This article is not some pie in the sky, wouldn't-it-be-nice, type of message that sounds good, but doesn't really provide any practical solutions. It's full of down-to-earth, quite achievable suggestions and I really do recommend that every Christian takes the time to read it this month-and let others know about it as well.

Talking about "not to be missed" articles, there's another one this month that is a must for all Christians to read. In his article, "Meet the New Minister: IT'S YOU," Michael Tummillo exhorts all of us to step into the role of ministers, as we were intended to do. This is a fascinating article, giving insight into how the church was meant to function, and how it has become the way it is. It is always a pleasure to share Michael's articles in FaithWriters' Magazine, and I hope that this one will stir many to action.

But back to the subject of "love" take time to be blessed in The Rhythm of Life this month, with Terry Eissfeldt's glorious poem, "Covenant Love," and Tracy Finney's beautiful message from the heart, "To My Love."

Then for something completely and delightfully different, head on over to Teen Truth for Donna Emery's story, "Let's Get 'Reel." It's perfect for teen readers, but it's not just for them. It's a great message of agape love, written in a way that will bring a smile to your face.

For another smile, make sure you don't miss Hope Horner's article in Journey of Grace-"Tale of Two Fingers." I really enjoyed this the first time I read it, and even more the second time around. Hope has been writing at FaithWriters for quite a while now, and her articles and stories always satisfy. This one is no exception. We're all on a journey of grace, but sometimes the traffic jams and inconsiderate drivers cause us to momentarily forget.

Honestly, I wish I had the time and space to mention all the terrific articles and stories in this month's issue. It really is jam-packed with some fantastic reading. So make sure you go to this month's Contents page and see for yourself.

As always, if you read something that really impacts you, please take a moment to write and let the author know. You can contact them through the Letters page of this magazine and your kind words and encouragement really do make their day.

Anyway, until next time, may God's love surround you and your loved ones-today and always!

Happy reading!

Deb Porter
Editor, FaithWriters' Magazine