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Spiritual Reflections Finding God in unexpected places

BY LYNNE HARTKE God likes to hide in plain sight. Especially in small things. He’s there in the intricacy of spiders’

webs. In the blooming saguaro cactus whose flowers last only 24 hours. In the lone cry of a wolf. God hides there. In plain sight. One time, God hid a feast inside some fish and bread (see Mark 8). A large gathering of people had followed Jesus outside of town and had listened to him speak for three days. Whatever food they brought was gone and everyone was hungry. Jesus decided to feed them, but there was no McDonald’s handy. No Taco Bell. No Subway. “How many loaves of bread are

there?” Jesus asked. “Seven.” The disciples also found a few small fish. The storyteller wanted the readers to know that nobody had a swordfish or a shark stashed in their lunch box. No. The fish were small. But inside that bread and fish, God had hidden a banquet. The disciples didn’t see it. The crowd

didn’t see it. But Jesus did. Jesus had hung out with his father enough to know his dad liked to wrap himself in the ordinary. That day, 4,000 people ate until they were satisfied. Recently, God hid inside a Tootsie

Roll. It’s true. Since having radiation for melanoma on his jawline, my dad has not been able to taste any food — until he picked up the chewy candy, twisted off the brown and white paper and unwrapped a miracle. My dad could taste the

sweet chocolate. Inside the wrapper a little happiness

was waiting to be found. In the chewy goodness, God was hiding. Waiting. As much as God likes hiding in the

ordinary, there is one thing he likes even more — God likes being found. In fish and bread. And in a Tootsie Roll. Lynne Hartke is the wife of Pastor Kevin

Hartke of Trinity Christian Fellowship in Chandler, 50 S. McQueen Rd. For information, visit or call 480-963-7698.

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have fun and help others while learning about the bible at a summer kids event, “Sky: Everything is Possible with God,” from 9 a.m. to noon June 11 to 15 at Light of Christ Church. Participating children will join an

international effort to fight malaria in the African nation of Mali by sending mosquito nets to protect Malian children. In addition, kids will engage in

Bible-learning activities, catchy songs, teamwork-building games and making and eating delicious treats as part of the learning and fun at this vacation Bible school. The vacation bible school will take

place at 1500 W. Germann Rd. in Chandler. For more information, call 480-899-1400 or visit

Light of Christ hosts summer program for kids Holds open house for new preschool site Children ages 3 through fifth grade can

Preschool celebrates new site Check out the new location of Light of Christ Preschool at an open house Sat., July 21 at 397 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 140, Gilbert. The new location will allow the

school to double its capacity for two- day preschool, three-day and five-day pre-kindergarten programs. Students participate in hands-on learning with an emphasis on science and have the opportunity to learn American Sign Language and Spanish. This is Light of Christ Preschool’s 10th

year of operation, and it is now enrolling children for both morning and afternoon classes. The school welcomes children of any or no faith.

Call 480-726-0436 or visit for details.

June 4-8, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

New Preschool EXPLORING MY


Classes begin Aug. 8th Offering classes

for 3- and 4-year-olds

Operation Overboard Kids 3-and-up are

VBS is coming soon! Our theme is:

welcome to join us. Cost $10 per child

and includes a T-shirt. Register:

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