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The reading girl

Reading with my young student in the Hope Education Centre. She is determined to read all the words, the easy and the hard ones. She wants to achieve the task of finishing this book. I am impressed and reflect at the same time about her life. Her mother died a couple of years ago, her granny (the woman she lives with now) had to be rushed to the hospital today because of heart problems, she had so many, nearly endless struggles in her young life... but there she reads as nothing happened. She is a survivor, a tough girl, a sweet and often very silent preteen. I pray today, she will find words to speak out what is lying heavy on her heart. That her unspoken prayers become like reading the book... determined to speak out the words of hardship and loneliness, finding comfort and trust.

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