CUMBERLAND — The Maryland Writers’ Association selected the following submissions to its Notable Maryland Authors series for March for publication, based on Christian writing.

Author: Brett Dimaio, Cumberland

How to get up in the Morning. Open your eyes and praise God that He has given you one more chance to do for Him what only you can do. Ask Him to show you what that is. Ask Him for the strength to do it. If you don’t ask, you won’t get. If you don’t look, you can’t find. If you don’t knock, nobody is ever home. Go home.

Author: Jon Ketzner, Cumberland

Sweet Caroline

Caroline was born with Cerebral Palsy, a terrible affliction. She has days of hard struggle, but many more days of simple joys and happiness.

Family, friends and caregivers cascade love onto Caroline. And she returns it tenfold. Her sweet glee in life’s simplest pleasures....a sillyass bag from the Dollar Store, say ... and her authentic, non-judgmental love for everyone in her orbit makes us all better human beings.

If you believe, one day Caroline will stand before God. She may well ask,” So, Dude, what the hell was that all about?”

God will reply, “Really, Caroline? Your life was disappointing?”

And Caroline will beam that megawatt smile, “Nah, Buddy, we’re good.”

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