These words are timely, can help us find peace. Guest Post by Brian Casey, PhD, (our “nephew” by his choice. He offered. We accepted.) God is good! ~~ Anne Boyd, St. George, Transylvania, RO
Following the slaying of President John F. Kennedy, Jr., the composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein said this:
This will be our reply to violence:
to make music more intensely,
more devotedly than ever before.
And in the Christian Chronicle of January 2015, Brian Owens of the (predominantly black) Ferguson Heights MO Church of Christ is said to feel “inclined to protest. ” But his protest won’t involve “waving a ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ sign, staging a ‘die-in’ or chanting ‘I can’t breathe’ during a march. Owens told fellow members of the predominantly black Ferguson Heights Church of Christ,
Worship is our protest. . . . Our response is worship because it is through our worship that people see the glory of God.
The notions expressed by these two men — ideologically and chronically distant from one another — seem to be of the same ilk, don’t they?
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Want Your Marriage to Last As Long As You Both Shall Live? Thank you, Chelsea Dent, for shareing with us the way to help that happen! ~~ Anne
So, I think we all have this idea in our head about what marriage will look like and how happy and fun and lovey dovey it will be, but the truth be told….it’s a crock. Marriage is not all butterflies and daisies and sunshine; it is messy and imperfect and takes true dedication and hard work all the time.
The Truth Is Marriage Means Being Selfless
From the moment you say, “I Do” you are agreeing that you will never be the center of your universe again, you will always have another person to consider. It means saying no to yourself sometimes and saying yes to your spouse and doing things you may not always want to do. It means giving 100% of yourself to someone else 100% of the time.
The Truth Is Marriage (in its own way) Is Much Like Parenthood
Like parenthood, there are no days off…
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Do you have questions about life and death? Mark and Sherrylee Woodward, Directors of Let’s Start Talking, review the movie, “The Fault in Our Stars.” It’s worth a read.
~~ Anne in St. George, Covasna County, Transylvania, Romania
If the new releaseThe Fault In Our Stars, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, could talk, it would tell you that it unashamedly intends to play on your most maudlin emotions and will use all of the film clichés about death and dying to do so, BUT if a good cry does you good, then you’ll love this film.
I agree with the film—if it could talk!
Two teenagers with cancer meet at a support group, one with an attitude and one with—well, another attitude! They both are coping with their terminal illnesses within their own understandings about life and death. One of my favorite scenes and a scene that really demonstrates the quality of the actors is their first meeting at the support group meeting when Gus is just looking and smiling at Hazel and she is trying first to ignore him, then warn him off—both of…
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Oh, that I can have the wisdom to pray this often! Thank you, Brian Casey, and Patsy Clairmont.
Holy Helper, I’m in need of your Assistance. Today, I’ll have to make many decisions. Life is risky, and that scares me. Yet I’m aware that You redeem our mistakes. Knowing that’s the case should take some of the threat out of my choices . . . yet I waver.
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Holy Healer, I know pain is a teacher, but do we need such a severe instructor?
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Alpha, today is a new beginning. This page of my life is still clean. Help me not to scribble meaninglessly all over such a precious gift.
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Breath at Daybreak, resuscitate my courage to enter the demand-strewn path ahead. Help me not to pick up problems before they materialize. When I hit a dead end, help me not to camp out there. When I encounter a difficult person, help me not to join their fraternity. …
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~~ Anne in Transylvania
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St. George, Covasna County, Transylvania, RO
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