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from Martin Marty’s Context and Sources and Resources. Eight-year old Stephen was mentally retarded — and his problem was worsening and was becoming even more noticeable to his classmates in Sunday School. The teacher was becoming more and more sensitive about how his classmates would treat him. Could they continue to love him as they came to see his difference? In April, the Sunday School teacher asked all eight children in his class to hide within a empty Leggs pantyhose container one small object that represented the new life in spring. Fearing that Stephen might not have caught on, and not wanting to embarass him, the teacher had the children place all the unlabeled containers on her desk so she could open them. The first had a tiny flower. “What a lovely sign of new life!” The donor could not help but erupt, “I brought that one!” Next came a rock. That must be Stephen’s, since rocks don’t symbolize new life.…

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