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Adventures in Faith & Family

Reflections on growing together in faith, exploring typical situations that we face in families and the many adventures that make up family life, these articles offer support to parents and grandparents as they mentor and care for their children.

19
Feb

I'm Feeling Sad Today

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I am not so happy today – and that’s okay. We all have our days – frustrated days, sad days, dull days, lonely days, and happy days. But they are not all happy days. Yet, that is the message we get in advertising and over social media. It can appear that everyone is having HAPPY days – great parties, wonderful dinners, fabulous vacations, exiting adventures – everyone except us!   The truth, however, is a very different story. Loneliness, anxiety, and depression are on the rise in our society. Behind the masks and smiles and fancy parties lies the reality that...
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10
Jan

How Many Pairs of Socks Do My Kids and I Need?

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How many pairs of socks do I or my children really need? That question confronted me as I read an article in an archaeology magazine that told the story of a young upper-class boy, attending a boarding school in the 1500s, who had only two pairs of socks. His personal tutor at the school had written to his parents asking that they provide a third pair of socks for this lad, since the two pair he had with him had been mended many times and were almost beyond repair. The article went on to describe that socks at the time were...
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20
Dec

I Love the Christmas Season; It's Christmas Day I Hate!

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“I love the Christmas season; it’s Christmas Day I hate.” So said one of the youth in our congregation. An interesting statement, and one that perhaps others of us might echo.   There is something amazing about this season, when we focus on and celebrate love and generousity and joy. Not knowing the actual date of Jesus’ birth, the early Christians chose the time of the Winter Solstice, the season with the longest nights and shortest amount of daylight, to celebrate the coming of Jesus, the Light of the World.   One can easily imagine how profound the celebration of Christ’s...
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06
Dec

What is hope? And how to do we teach hope to our children?

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What is hope? And how do we teach hope to our children? Both of these are challenging questions. Let’s start with defining hope!   The dictionary definition of ‘hope’ speaks of anticipation and desire, and wanting something to happen. However, if we speak of ‘hope’ from a faith perspective, it is something more. The hope of which we speak is not like writing a wish list for our birthdays or a letter to Santa and then desiring or expecting to receive at least some of what was on the list.   Hope, within the Christian faith, goes much deeper. It is...
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15
Nov

What is Truth? And How Do We Teach Our Kids to Tell It?

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What is truth? Now that’s an interesting, if not difficult, question in today’s society. Then there is the word “fact,” which should be something that is provable and demonstrable, but again we see the questioning of facts, even in the face of evidence. Fact and opinion used to be opposites, but now it seems that there has become more and more of a fluidity between the two. We have people who, if they do not like a particular fact, declare it as fake. Somehow I always thought that fake and fact were opposites – but it seems, at least to some...
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08
Nov

What is Love? It's not what you may think!

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What is love? Talk about an over-used word in our society. We can love a car. We can love a child. We can love a cookie. We can love a friend. We declare, “Oh, I love that dishwasher.” But also declare to another person, “I love you.”   This one little word has so many uses that its meaning has become diluted, I believe. While expressing such a precious feeling on one hand – the love of another human being, it also is used to express desire for something really quite inconsequential, such as a cookie or a car or a...
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01
Nov

What is Grace? Can we really offer it?

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What is grace? That’s not a word that is used much in our society. We might use “graceful,” meaning someone who moves gently, with a fluid, pleasing elegance. But “grace” – now that is a church word. So what do we mean by it?   Grace is one of the most profound words in the Christian vocabulary. What it means is to freely offer unconditional love. Unconditional! No strings attached! Nothing demanded! Nothing expected! No thought of repayment! Unearned, unexpected, unmerited! Doesn’t matter what the person on the receiving end has done, what their attitude is like, or how they respond....
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25
Oct

What is Faith? & How do I share is with my kids?

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What is faith? Quick, don’t ponder, just respond. What is the first thing that you would say when asked to define “faith?” Actually, I suspect that most of us had no quick reaction, and responded with “uhhh, well..” I’ve lived and worked in the area of faith for about 30 years now, and I still couldn’t give a quick answer. If you go to the dictionary, faith is associated with words such as trust, belief, confidence, and loyalty, and these are directed toward a person, God, or religion. Yet, somehow that doesn’t begin to capture the role that faith plays in...
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26
Jun

Summer Fun

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It’s almost summer time. I remember the fun of anticipating summer as a child. What, of all the possibilities, would I choose to do with my days? I was a farm kid so between laying hens in the barn year-round and roasting/frying hens to be raised, butchered and sold over the summer, and garden & crops to be planted and harvested, we rarely took summer vacations. I remember only one in my whole childhood.   But that was just life on the farm and I knew that there was a great deal of fun to be had right there where I...
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26
Jun

Slow Parenting - Take Time for Family

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Slow down the reactions.                     Take time to breathe, notice and laugh.   Slow down the accumulation.             Take time for gratitude and gift-giving.   Slow down the fear.                              Take time to celebrate.   Slow down the solutions.                     Take time to listen.   Slow down the entertainment.            Take time to be restless and bored.   Slow down the virtual.                         Take time for nature.   Slow down the drive to achieve.         Take time for relationship and community.   Slow down the structured activities.  Take time to play.   Slow down the pace.                             Take time for Sabbath,...
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