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Cussing on the Way to Church

 

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It was there, while crossing the bridge that connect this part of Oregon with the southern part of Washington, that I glanced over at a boat cutting through the silver waters of the Columbia River. Maybe it was the stillness of the water. Or maybe it was the way the fading light cast out over the river. Just that brief glimpse from the steel archway joining the border of one land to another gave me pause.

So lovely is this world of ours.

I think about its beauty all the time and how one of God’s least talked about characteristics is beauty.

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Other People’s Children

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She started coming around the house when she was an itty-bitty thing, knee-high to a water-bug or thereabouts. She’d come to play dollies with the girls in the “museum” room. That’s what everyone called the formal living room back in the day because nobody ever really used the room. When they grew tired of dressing dollies, she and the girls would explore the backyard, or sled the hill by her house. In other words, she’s been a part of our family nearly as long as her own family. She even calls me “Mama.”

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Words to Live a Happy Life By

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Remember Bean: Kind heart. Kind thoughts. Kind words.

Those were some of the last words our daughter spoke to her two-year old son before heading off on a week-long vacation and entrusting the care of her son to the grands. It’s no easy thing leaving a toddler behind. Parents have to be willing to trust that their child will be loved with abandoned and monitored like a first baseman looking to steal second.  Look away for a minute and you’re sure to regret it.

Raising four kids of your own to successful adulthood does not in and of itself qualify a person to be trustworthy enough to keep a grandchild for any length of time. In fact, a person’s work history as a parent may disqualify them completely from the job of being a grand. I’ve heard from more than one friend how their children don’t trust them. They usually say with with a “Oh Brother!” eye roll and smirk. It’s a conspiratorial thing grandparents do when they are around other grandparents – eye rolling.

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Overcoming Evil

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Do good.

As much good as you can find to do.

Do it.

I’ve been reading Ann Voskamp’s book, The Broken Way. I want you to read it, too. I’m giving away two copies. For a chance to win, you need to leave your name below and promise to get another person a copy of the book. You can give them your copy or buy it. It’s up to you. I’m not giving away my copy because it’s a book I want to return to time and time again.

The one thing that has really struck me about Ann’s words is this idea of being a generous people. By and large, Americans are some of the most generous people in the world. Perhaps not surprisingly, Utah, home to the Mormons, ranks first in its charitable giving. But what is surprising is that Mississippi, one of the poorest states in the nation, comes in second in charitable giving, underscoring Jesus’s story of the widow in Mark 12, that out of her poverty, she gave all that she had.

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A Note from David

 

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Don’t bother your head with braggarts

Or wish you could succeed like the wicked. In no time they’ll shrivel like grass clippings and wilt like cut flowers in the sun. Get insurance with God and do a good deed, settle down and stick to your last.

Keep company with God.

Get in on the best.

Open up before God, keep nothing back; he’ll do whatever needs to be done.

He’ll validate your life in the clear light of day and stamp you with approval at high noon.

Quiet down before God.

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