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Who Will Be the Greatest?

Posted by on Mar 8, 2021 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

Helmets on. Shields down. Laser swords up. Sabers held high throb with light while Darth Vader breathes his insanely evil inhale and exhale. The battle begins. My six-year-old and three-year-old grandsons have never even seen Star Wars, but the way they go at it, you’d never know. They grunt and shout in victory and defeat. It is a run-for-your-life war to the finish. Apparently, it only takes a few years of life to figure out someone gets to be the greatest. One of them will reign king of his little mountain. “Who will be the greatest?” It was a contentious question between Jesus’ disciples in the Gospel of Mark: 9:33-36. The immaturity of Christ’s followers was revealed in an embarrassing argument while they walked toward home. Can you picture it? They walked together through Galilee as Jesus explained clearly...

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Covid Fear is Also Affecting Our Children

Posted by on Feb 4, 2021 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 1 comment

We sat outside with our drive-through ice-creams and jabbered, like teen-agers out on a night away from the confines of mom, dad and home. Ten ladies, escaping pandemic restrictions for a few hours on an afternoon, properly distanced and cautious. We talked about work, people, general gab. I stepped away from the patio circle, left behind the voices and gaiety to answer my phone. It was a Facetime call. I held it up and saw some of the cutest little faces looking at me. “Grandma!” My five-year-old grandson and his three-year-old brother exclaimed. “Grandma, where are you?” A frown drew the older grandson’s brows together. He looked past my face to where my friends sat apart but together. For a moment I forgot how strange it was to socialize, to hear voices and laughter. I forgot how quickly children...

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But Why?

Posted by on Nov 13, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

There it is again like an echo bouncing off the kitchen walls. A three-letter word that is never satisfied. “Why?” my grandson asks. A little hand pats my leg, soft but insistent. Round blue eyes search mine as if the connection somehow might supply what he needs to know. I’ve heard the question at least a billion times this morning, and as I plop myself down, exhausted by his innocent insistence, I recognize within my heart how often that word comes into my own complexities of life. I hear it when I think of the disappointment of hope crushed. I think of it when circumstances go amuck. I remember its helplessness from a sterile white hospital bed where the heart wrenching question came with tears, “Why?” Maybe those annoying repetitions of a child are much more than they seem....

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I’m Proud of You Son

Posted by on Oct 22, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

“You’re never too old to want your dad to be proud of you,” my husband stated the other night as we both collapsed into bed, tired from a day of hard work. Those poignant words took me immediately to the memory of my dad. His praise had such a huge impact on me then that to this day I think of my actions and how he would respond. What he accepted then still matters to me now. His affirmation steered desires and emotions, they brought me joy and sorrow. Both my husband’s father and mine are gone, but the ghost of their approval and disapproval is a legacy we both cherish. What a picture of the Christian’s relationship with the Father. “Well done, good and faithful servant,” Jesus’ parable in Matthew 25 reflects a desire to bring satisfaction for...

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Always Make a Nest

Posted by on Aug 14, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

I’m feeling un-nested these days, or maybe up-nested. In the middle of Covid-19 we are moving to a new house. It is unnerving and uprooting in about a thousand ways. While I pack boxes and the world shouts “stay at home,” nature outside my door flourishes. An ex-robin’s nest dangles hanging threads of straw above the deck where we make our temporary home. We feel in limbo between the old house and the new. The apartment we are in is a not-quite-there-yet daily reminder of what we left and the work ahead. We heard the noisy robin family before we saw them. Wide-open beaks barely visible above the rim of the nest pleaded loudly for momma to drop in a bite. Nested in their well-manicured home we watched them grow until sweet little robin voices left that nest one...

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Doing to Others is the Milk of Kindness

Posted by on Jul 10, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 3 comments

My grandson’s left-over cup of milk sat on the counter. Hot and humid, it had begun turning into cottage cheese and worse. I wrestled with the lid and then dumped the contents down the drain. By the looks of things in our nation, I thought, watching the clumps of coagulated white gather in the drain, the milk of human kindness has gone sour like my grandson’s milk. “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31 (NIV) Let’s not make this too difficult. It’s known as the golden rule. Probably because it is indeed worth a treasure. It’s a great verse to quote to children, but apparently a difficult one for adults to follow. If you are a parent or grandparent wondering what sort of world our children will inherit, you aren’t alone. If your...

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