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Volume 2, Issue 10 - June 2006

Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart..

~ Psalm 37:3-4 NIV ~

Hello and welcome to the June Issue of FaithWriters' Magazine, with plenty of good reading to keep you inspired over the days ahead.

Well, last month we made a point of wishing all the mothers a very special day. Now it's time to send that same special wish to all the dads. Whether you are a new dad, an old dad, a granddad, or a dad-to-be, may God bless you in every way, as your loved ones let you know just how much you mean to them.

Of course, with June being the month for Father's Day in so many parts of the world, we've been sure to include some wonderful stories and inspirational articles as our tribute to dear "old" Dad ... but before I tell you about those, and all the other great articles, I must take a moment to introduce our front page feature for the month.

I remember the first time I read one of Kenny Blade's stories in the FaithWriters' Writing Challenge. From the start, I knew that this gentleman was an author to watch--and I wasn't wrong. Kenny has a great feel for humor, and a very quirky style. However, just when you think you know what to expect, he does something quite unexpected--and that's exactly what he did with "Me and Runner." Be prepared. This story is not going in the direction you may expect. The message is powerful, and I know that we will see a lot more of this talented writer in the future.

Me and Runner
By Kenny Blade

I can't recall the first time I met Runner. It may have been while I was hanging upside down on the monkey bars at Claymore Elementary. I used to do that a lot in the 2nd grade. My mom said it gave me brain damage. I liked the way the world looked when the clouds littered the ground and my sweaty, dirt-covered friends dotted the heavens.

Maybe it was during choir at church. I can't remember a time when we weren't side by side, usually sitting in the corner as punishment for some ill-devised scheme we had cooked up. Neither of us could stand choir. Singing was for sissies. Rev. Skinner was our director. He said Runner and I were his "Disruptive Duo". We had no idea what the name meant, but we wore it with pride.

Where and when we met really doesn't matter, I don't guess. What matters is that we were closer than brothers. You never saw one without the other. We did everything together. Runner was there when I lost my first tooth. I remember because he was the one who knocked it out. We were fighting over a fishing spot on Lunceford's creek. He got a shiner. I got a dollar from the tooth fairy. We took turns fishing that spot.

He was there when I fell head first in like with Lucy Roffler in 6th grade. To this day, Lucy couldn't pick me out of a crowd of one. I knew deep down that she would never give me a second look.

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Now, about all those Father's Day treats ....

It's not too late to prepare an item for your Father's Day service at church, and one of our FaithWriters Magazine favorites, David Ian, has provided the perfect tribute with his short drama, "Father's Day is Every Day." This is an ideal and easy answer when your pastor asks, "What can we do this year for Father's Day?" If you do use it, I know that David Ian would love to know.

Of course, what better place for something special about Dad, than in our Joy of Family section? It's always a treat to have something by Janet Rubin in FaithWriters' Magazine, and her article, "Working with Daddy," is a delight to read. I laughed out loud as I read about her little daughter's devotion to helping Daddy, and I think you'll enjoy it too.

'Tis the Season is also focused on fathers this month, and Shari Armstrong has taken her 4-year-old daughter's thoughts about Daddy, and used them in a very special way to draw our attention to our heavenly Father. Out of the mouth of a babe, and through the soul of a loving mother.

Sadly, Father's Day is also often a difficult time for some sons and daughters, as they once again face the absence of this parent in their lives. In The Rhythm of Life this month, there is an achingly bittersweet poem by Janice Ramkissoon. If you share that sense of loss, I know that Janice would be praying that God may use her poem to minister to your heart.

Also in The Rhythm of Life, we have a wonderfully exuberant poem by Paulette Rogers, called "The Brightness of the Night." This really is glorious, and I know it will bless you. It may even make you want to start dancing barefoot in the moonlight!

June is also the time when many young men and women are leaving their school days behind, and taking that huge step into adulthood. My son, Matt, will be graduating in October (our school year is a little different in Australia), and I must admit that I'm looking forward to that day quite a lot. He has attended the same school from Kindergarten, right through to Year 12, so it has been a long journey, and now we can finally see the end in sight--or perhaps that should really be the beginning.

My daughter, Kylie, graduated almost three years ago, and admitted tonight that her school days seem so far away. Not surprisingly, mine feel like light years ago! Yet, when you are in the midst of them, it is hard to believe that there could ever be another life outside those school room walls.

But, of course, there is--and the graduation ceremony is such an important part of the transition into the next stage of life.

So with that in mind, it really is a pleasure to include a very special graduation story in this month's issue. I've been holding onto this particular story for about 11 months, waiting for the perfect time to use it--and that time is now. Whether you are graduating now, or graduating in the future, or even graduated many, many moons ago, I hope that you'll enjoy our Teen Truth story, "The Speech," by Delores McCarter. As well as being a good story, it also has three very wise tips for life. Enjoy.

There are so many wonderful stories and articles in this month's issue, and I've only scratched the surface. Make sure you visit our Contents page, so you don't miss out on a thing.

Also, I must sneak a little advertisement in here for the latest FaithWriters' Anthology, "Come Away With Me," which has just been released. This is a truly beautiful, uplifting and inspiring collection of work from some of the very best writers at FaithWriters.com. This is our eighth book, and all I can say is that they keep going from strength to strength. To find out more, please visit the FaithWriters.com website at http://www.faithwriters.com/books-challenge.html

Well, that's our June Issue in a nutshell. Our prayer is that it will be a delight and encouragement to you as you continue to walk with the Lord. Until next time, may He surround you with His love, and give you the desires of your heart.

With love,

Deb Porter
Editor, FaithWriters' Magazine