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The World Seen Through the Lens of Faith


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When I think about my trips to El Salvador, I think of peace and joy. I also think of peace and joy when I think about Christmas break and summer. In the blur of a school day, it can be so hard to find these things—why? How is it that we can accomplish so much in one day, from 8am until midnight, but still feel as though we’ve missed out on something bigger, something better? My argument is this: I think we were created to experience life to the full. I think we were made to feel joy and peace and sorrow and love in their fullest forms. I think that we came from something big before we got here, and that we’re going somewhere big when we leave here, and so, I think God created us to be something. When I experienced El Salvador, I didn’t just think these things anymore—I knew.

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