‘Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand’

By 1 p.m. today, I said aloud “I don’t think I was supposed to have children.” Oh yes. I should’ve traveled the world. Mondays happen to everyone, and they’re especially Monday after a weekend of solitude; the girls and Dave were with family, and I stayed behind for Sunday school stuff. Everyone’s voices were so Read more about ‘Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand’[…]

What’s that ‘one thing necessary’?

“One of the chief obstacles to this perfection of selfless charity is the selfish anxiety to get the most out of everything, to be a brilliant success in our own eyes and in the eyes of other men. We can only get rid of this anxiety by being content to miss something in almost everything Read more about What’s that ‘one thing necessary’?[…]

If I could, I surely would, stand on the rock where Moses stood

Alice asked, “Why does he say ‘Mary, don’t you weep’?” One of Pete Seeger’s albums is on a three-disc repeat cycle in the van, and it’s a crowd favorite. The girls sing the words with more confidence the longer we listen, and this one — “O, Mary, don’t you weep, don’t you moan; Pharaoh’s army Read more about If I could, I surely would, stand on the rock where Moses stood[…]

Not that anyone ever considered children nuisances, ever

(When we stop ourselves from complaining about someone:) “Now he can allow the brother to exist as a completely free person, as God made him to be. His view expands and, to his amazement, for the first time he sees, shining above his brethren, the richness of God’s creative glory. God did not make this Read more about Not that anyone ever considered children nuisances, ever[…]

Rum cake at small group confirmed we did, indeed, choose the right small group to sign up for

Roller coasters aren’t my place; a canoe on a shallow, sandy-bottomed Michigan river is. For more than an hour this weekend, the Grand River lazily carried us from a drop-off point upstream back to the park. A few leaves in trees along the banks were hinting at turning red, but we spied cardinal flowers, a Read more about Rum cake at small group confirmed we did, indeed, choose the right small group to sign up for[…]