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Audio: Fortifying Fables: Wally the Whale

On priorities

"Thar she blows!" The cry rang out from a passing ship's crow's nest.

"Dive, Wally! This is no time to be showing off your breaching and spouting. That's not a passenger ship."

Wally the whale, who had been enjoying his childlike cavorting and ocean acrobatics, grumblingly joined the rest of his "school" mates in the pod2 who were on a hunt for food.

"Sorry, Mother," he said.

"And ye'd better lie low and hold yer breath for awhile," said his father as a harpoon shot through the water from a rowboat overhead. "Unless ye want to end up as soap 'n' candles, 'n' bone fer a fancy woman's corset afore yer time. In fact, it'd be wise for us to all to lie low."

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Audio: Magnificent Park

“All aboard! Bound for Magnificent Park! All aboard!” called the station master.

Tara, Marek, Miko, and Jesse, along with, Suzanna, their guide for the day, clambered aboard the train bound for Magnificent Park, one of Heaven’s adventure parks, specifically created for children.

The heavenly train was designed to look like a steam locomotive used on Earth in the early 1900s. The locomotive was transparent, so the passengers could watch the various parts of the engine in motion. As the children peered into the engine room, two men paused from shoveling and waved at them. Instead of shoveling coal, as was used for steam locomotives on Earth, the men were shoveling in heavenly energy crystals, which were used to turn the water in the engine into a powerful steam—so powerful the train actually flew through the sky!

“That must be Magnificent Park!” Miko exclaimed.

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Audio: Fortifying Fables: Filippa the Filly

On wish fulfillment

"How do we corral her, Señor Verdadero?"

Filippa, a beautiful white filly with a long golden mane, overheard a stable hand ask this question of a tall black-bearded man in his early thirties, Señor Fiel Verdadero—Filippa's rider.

"Why, what is the problem?" he asked.

"Well, haven't you seen? Filippa keeps charging at the fencing and rearing up with hooves flailing, especially when we come around. It's downright scary."

"Then take charge."

"Easier said than done, señor. She's ornery even when we try to lead her back into the stables for the night—brush her down and so on. Won't you please get her to submit?"

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Audio: Fortifying Fables: Boris the Bear

(Based on an old African fable)

On considering the source of your criticism and praise

"That wasn't too bad," young Boris, a big, black Russian bear said to himself, as he swayed on his hind paws in front of the large mirror. "I'll try it again."

He pressed a button on the MP3 player and strains from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite resumed. Clumsily lifting a hind paw, Boris attempted a turn and fell, rolling on his back. He stood up and after a few further attempts, managed the initial steps required to dance a waltz.

"Excellent," he muttered. "I think I am ready to show what I can do for Garibaldi, my wise little monkey friend. His rehearsal with the organ grinder should be over by now."

With a smug grin, Boris lumbered out of the tent, carrying his MP3 player.

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Audio: My Secret Garden

Here in my secret garden—
The one You made just for me,
Here in my secret garden,
There’s so much to do and see.

As we walk together hand in hand,
And explore our hidden wonderland,
I leave my worries all behind.
Here in my secret garden,
Where I run and dance, and sing,
Here in my secret garden,
You push me high up on a swing.

We’ll lazily gaze at the sky,
Then into a crystal stream we’ll dive.
Watch amazing creatures swimming by,
Here in my secret garden.

(Instrumental break)

Lots of scintillating gems we’ll find
Deep within a heavenly mine.
Jewels of every color and kind,
Here in my secret garden—
The one You made just for me.
Here in my secret garden,
There’s so much to do and see;
There’s so much to do and see.

You can always find Me here,
When you’re needing special care.
You can put your hand in Mine;
And leave your troubles all behind,
In the secret garden.

The one You made just for me;
There’s so much to do and see;
There’s so much to do and see.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: A Personal Connection with Jesus: Reflecting on Jesus and God’s Word-2c

Lyrics and music by J. Cedric Spencer. Vocals by Dia.
Copyright © 2010 by The Family International

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