by Julia Michala Johnson
September 11, a day that makes me cry a million times. I was very young, only 4, when it happened. Too young to actually know what was going on, old enough to be shocked with tons of smoke coming from a building, old enough too feel sad when I saw my mom crying buckets. I want honor those heroes who died, those heroes who helped bring people out of the building. I don't want survivors to feel guilty because God obviously has a bigger plan for their lives. I offer a pray to those who may still have anger in their hearts, I want them to feel a sense of comfort and to forgive, not forget, but forgive. I want pray for all the people who lost their loved ones, children without moms or dads because of the severely hateful people who did this. I am sorry for all the Muslims who are now branded with the words "terrorist" because a number of their race are hateful and taught to be hateful. I congratulate those who see that it is wrong to hate just because people don't have the same belief as you. Thank you to the soldiers that still serve our country, thank you for your courage. Thank you to you firefighters that are courageous enough to run into burning, crumbling buildings.
by Mary Currall
For as long as I can remember, I've always dressed modestly. Skirts, dresses, shirts that weren't so tight or cut so low that they exposed my body. I've always wanted to dress in a way that draws attention to my countenance, my behavior, and my heart instead of what I look like. What I look like can change either for better or for worse in an instant, which means that if that is why others love me, their love will also change in an instant, and so I want the people around me to love me for who I am inside. I've also wanted to dress this way out of love for the men around me. They struggle SO much day in and day out because of the fashions around them. Many styles of pants that are low cut and so tight they accentuate every part of a woman’s body; Shirts that are so tight, so sheer, and cut so low that they bring all attention to a woman’s body parts that are desirable to men. These clothes are made so that there is just enough not shown that men are left to fantasize and lust. But there are so many men who try SO hard not to do this, and try to fight this temptation, but they have no help from the women around them! :( By dressing in a way that is attractive and womanly, but which protects and respects my body, I have the opportunity to help the men in my life to grow closer to God and grow in purity because they don’t have to fight temptation or involuntary feelings and urges when in my presence.