Starting over

Whatever we need to do, we're never actually doing it alone.

I saw a small prayer circle—inconspicuous, in a shadowy corner of a metropolitan train station—four young teens and a big brother figure holding hands, eyes closed in silent prayer. Then the big brother's quiet assurances: "You can do it. Stay strong in the Lord. You'll be tested. Every day. Know that. Stay strong in the Lord." Quick, manly hugs all around, then they went outside, where he put them on a Greyhound bus.

A relaunch after rehab perhaps? All I knew was, the earnestness in the faces of those boys, the respect of their counselor, the strength of their shared bond, all said these boys not only could but would "stay strong in the Lord."

A more refreshing fragrance
October 25, 1999

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