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My reserve fund
Who would have guessed that the humblest gift would become the most valuable?
When I was a child, there was a religious tradition that when children reached a certain age—around seven or eight—they would have a ceremony that was considered an important occasion. Relatives and close friends would be invited to a small party, and all would give a gift in gold: a piece of jewelry such as a ring, a pin, earrings.
In the poor European country where I lived before I moved to Brazil, these gifts had a very practical purpose. They were meant to be like a reserve fund for a child. If he or she were ever to need money for survival or for an emergency, some piece of jewelry could be sold.
When my turn came, I also got my share: a bracelet, a pin with my name engraved on it, and some other smaller things. However, a dear uncle of mine could not afford any gold, not even a tiny medal. He gave me a book. Its title was The Bible for Children. It featured almost the whole Bible, Old and New Testaments, reworded in a simpler language. It was a thick book, with small print and very few sepia illustrations. It didn't seem attractive at all for a second-grader. However, I read it through in a few weeks, which was certainly a feat for a child of that age. I could hardly put it down until I had finished. Why did that book have such appeal to me?
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We cannot run out of what God gives us
E. Margaret Grace
My reserve fund
Alessandra P. Colombini
What is real?
Anna A. Vinson
What God knows
Allison W. Phinney, Jr.
Divine Love comes to our rescue
Michael D. Rissler
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