I knew I had to guard my heart on these grey, cold, wintry Indiana days; otherwise, I would sink into a dark place, and that dark place is scary. It paralyzes me. I knew what to do, but I didn’t do it.
But we should seize this day to celebrate. Why? Because God created us to love, to express that love to others and to receive love. He set the greatest example of love, giving up his only son for us. Wow. As a parent, I can’t imagine doing that. In Romans 5:8, we read that ...God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. God loves us that much.
A time existed when I laughed without restraint in bursts of giggles or doubled over until my belly ached. I laughed at the tickling of my feet, at knock-knock jokes, at cartoon characters propelling off cliffs. Today I don’t watch cartoons or listen to knock-knock jokes or have ticklish soles. In the busyness and stresses of life, I feel like I’ve lost my spontaneous childhood ability to laugh.
I come from a long line of card-givers. We search high and low until we find that perfect card with the perfect words and perfect image to give to people we love. The senders aren’t just those who are older than me, such as my parents or in-laws or aunts and uncles. My peers and, surprisingly, my children and their friends also send cards.
As a child, storms terrified me. Memories of a tornado that killed nine, injured 125 and devastated a small community near my Minnesota hometown lingered into adulthood. Then more storms hit decades later, this time damaging the farm place where I grew up and partially peeling the roof from my childhood church.
Have you ever stood on a street corner in a strange city and asked someone to tell you how to get where you are going? What would you think if the reply was, “Well, just have more faith”? Doubt does not mean you don't have faith. Arthur Kelly shares how it’s not possible to talk about doubt without talking about faith.
Graduation day and the months thereafter offer the ideal opportunity to support graduates whether they are entering the workforce, going into the military, heading off to college or otherwise.