God’s Amazing Grace

I was born and raised in a Javanese family, fully Islamic way in Jakarta, Indonesia. When I became a teenager, I studied about Islamic teachings in my academic education. Islam has many adherents in Java, where I have lived all my life. I prayed five times to "Allah"...

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Improving Mona Lisa

Could you improve on a masterpiece? Imagine that you are walking through the Louvre museum in Paris. As you approach the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, would you think about taking a palette and brushes and touching up the painting? Maybe put some more color in her...

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No Jacket Required

I shook my head in disbelief. This couldn't be the right place. After all, I couldn't possibly be welcome here. I had been given an invitation several times, by several different people, and had finally decided to see what this place was all about. But, this just...

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The Pearl of Great Price

A jewellery merchant had a store in a large city, with many beautiful gems in it. Some were quite reasonably priced, and some were very expensive. But there was one stone in the store, a flawless pearl, which was more strikingly beautiful than any other, and this was...

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Thank You, Mom!

I was glad that my children didn't seem to notice the surroundings that seemed so dismal to me.Gordon and Kelly were blissfully unaware of our lack of luxuries that cold December in 1983. They were busy with kindergarten and first-grade affairs, and full of...

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Heaven’s Grocery Store

I was walking down life's highway a long time ago. One day, I read a sign that said Heaven's Grocery Store. As I got a little closer, the door opened wide. When I came to myself, I was already standing inside and saw a host of Angels. They were standing everywhere....

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