On a dry spring morning, a group of men and women gathered near a grassy field outside of Chicago. When the signal was given, torch-bearing runners took off across the brush, leaving a line of flame behind them. Soon a wall of orange heat swept across the field, leaving only a blackened earthen surface in its wake. Illinois has discovered that fire's natural destructiveness holds the promise for re-birth for the state's grasslands. When the first pioneers came through Illinois about 150 years ago, the prairies were rich with countless types of natural vegetation.
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John the Baptist asked Jesus, through his own followers, if he really was the “expected one.” Jesus’ reply was to tell John about what he had been up to. Jesus was healing people left and right of all kinds of irreversible ailments. Even raising people back to life! To top it all off, the poor were hearing the good news. Then Jesus said “if that makes you happy then I’m your guy.”
There wasn't much that Adrian was good at, except swimming. He learned to swim when he was little more than a baby, and he loved it. When he was seven he joined a swimming club. It was there that he first met Mr Stevens, the swimming coach.
When a woman is pregnant, we often say she is "expecting." That is a good term for it, because she's expecting or anticipating that a baby will be born at some appointed time in the future, and along with that baby will come a whole wealth of other expectations. There will be expectations about who the baby will look like, and what that baby will be like. There will be expectations about the baby's future -- the kind of life he or she will live; the kind of person the child will become. As V. S. Naipaul once said, "One isn't born one's self.