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Like A Child

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.'”(Matthew 18:1-4)

IMG_4509On my most cynical days, I reflect on this text and sarcastically respond in my head “have you met my children?!?”  Those days are typically the ones in which the “joy” of toddler hood is in full effect: fighting over toys, hitting for no reason, whining, non stop demands, “mom, mom, mom”… 

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Beyond Our Understanding

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

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I feel a little bit broken hearted and confused by the news of yet two more shootings within schools over the last week.  What I found the most alarming was the inner relief that there was only one victim who was killed in each.  I am alarmed because it was the first time I realized that I have become emotionally scared by the number of these shooting over the past years and that scare has lessoned my initial gut reaction to each new one.

The reality is that I, really we, should be outraged with just one death of a child or young adult who is innocently killed while in school.  The most recent victim in Portland, Or was a freshman boy who was in the locker room changing on the second to last day of school for the year.  The victim at Seattle Pacific University late last week was a 19 year old young man in his freshman year of studies there.  Both had dreams and hopes, plans for their futures, families that loved them entirely.  Both left behind caverns of emptiness and grief in the hearts and lives of those who knew them well.

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The Road Trip of Life

What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations. (Psalm 104:24 the Message)

SAM_3431My parents and nephew came to town for a week long visit.  After church on Sunday we decided to set out on a whirlwind road trip to see Yellowstone National Park, an area that none of us had spent much time exploring.  It was a noble goal- a minivan filled with 4 adults (one pregnant mind you), and three boys (ages 3-10).  Over the coarse of a couple of days we covered hundreds of miles and spent roughly 20 hours in our sardine can of a van.

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