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by Roger Dean Kiser, Sr.

"How can they do that?" asked one of the boys at the orphanage.

Five or six of us boys had capture several lighting bugs in a jar. We sat
outside one Saturday evening watching them as they, one at a time, lit up
their magical bodies.

"It's like a special nature thing." said another boy.

"We can't keep them in a jar for very long or they will die," said Robert

"We can give them food and water and they will live for a long time. Won't
they?" I asked.

"We can't keep them locked up in a jar. The church lady says that it's wrong
to kill anything that God made for the world. It's wrong to kill things,"
said Tommy.

"If God didn't want us to have them then he wouldn't let us catch them.
After all they're just bug things." said Wayne.

"If God wants us to let them go then he could give us a special sign," said

All at once the small bugs stopped lighting up. The jar sat on the ground
with us boys waiting to see if they would once again start to light.

"Maybe they're dead now," I said.

"They're not dead.That is a sign from God to let them all go," said little
Billy Smith.

"That ain't no sign," said one of the boys.

"If God wants us to let them go then he should make them blink just one
time. Then we'll know it is a sign," said Wayne.

Everyone fell totally silent and all eyes were glued upon the glass jar with

All of a sudden there was one small flash of light and then the jar fell
dark once again.

"That was just an accident," said Wayne.

"That ain't no accident. You better let them go or you're breaking a promise
to God," said Billy.

"We'll do it one more time. This time they have to blink two lights. Then
we'll know it's really a sign from God," said Wayne.

Once again we sat in a circle around the jar, silently waiting for the sign.

"Holly Mackerel." said one the boys as two lights appeared in the small jar.

Slowly one of the boys reached over and unscrewed the lid to the jar. We
boys sat there silently, with our eyes as big as saucers. Several minutes
passed before we decided to thump on the jar causing the lighting bugs to
fly away.

The next morning we boys were loaded onto the church bus and we were taken
to church and sunday school. That was the one time that I can remember when
we boys minded really, really well at church.

Roger Dean Kiser, Sr.

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Visit Roger's Web site to read more of his stories at:

Roger and his wife, Judy, also a writer, live in Brunswick, Georgia. As a child Roger was raised in a very abusive orphanage located in Jacksonville Florida. He has written many stories which tell of the horrors that he and other children suffered daily, for more than ten years.

His new book of uplifting stories titled "American Orphan" can be purchased at:  or

He now writes and speaks to children in the Georgia School system about child
abuse and its effects.

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Thought For The Day:

"I have always thought the actions of men the great interpreters of their thoughts."--John Locke

Verse for the Day:

"As he thinketh in his heart, so is he."--Proverbs 23:7

Kid's Thought For The Day:

"As soon as you can walk, you never want to crawl again."

Parent's Thought For The Day

"The best way to prevent your children from eating fatty, greasy, disgusting, unhealthy food is: Don't let them eat from your plate."--Bill Dodds

Coach's Thought For The Day

"No one knows what he really can do. We all put a limit on our activities. We are our own worst enemies. If we really work, really drive ourselves to our utter limits, we accomplish things we never thought possible. All we have to do is not be afraid to start."--Vince Promuto

Writer's Thought For The Day:

"Reading and weeping opens the door to one's heart, but writing and weeping
opens the window to one's soul." --M.K. Simmons

Deep Thought For The Day:

My favorite bumper sticker: "The closer you are, the slower I go."


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