Family Ministries Blog

All Saints' Episcopal Church in Lakeland, Florida provides this forum as an exploration of family life with an emphasis on parenting, children, and teens. We hope that you will join our conversation and visit our children & youth ministries.
Kathy Hulin

Human Being vs. Human Doing

I recently heard a pastor friend mention this idea that we are called human beings and not human doings. What a fun play on our English language, I thought! A day later, I was attending a centering prayer gathering where one member of the group mentioned that she was praying about how she was "being" before God. Then, I reflected upon a billboard that had been up around town which asked, "Who do you want to be?" with the idea that the institution would help you develop your qualities of being rather than specifically focus on how to help you do something as a career. It seems to be a good word that I need to hear this week. How does this thought resonate with you? Let me explore a little bit...

So much of our lives are focused on doing projects, whether it is for work or home, or whether it is for getting our family members to activities and to support them, or perhaps for organizing activities and studies for schools and churches. We are a project-oriented society! I cannot deny that I enjoy having projects and find fulfillment in "human doing"! And I also cannot deny that God does indeed want us to be doers of the word (James 1:22), but that drive in us to be active in our faith needs to be balanced with a deep sense of who we are as God's children .

So I, in addition to being a "doer", also realize the deep need for simply being. I think about my family members and friends who know me well and how I can enjoy being myself when I am with them. I can take that for granted, but I receive a huge blessing when I am aware of the love and peace that comes by simply being who I am with and for them. It's a true gift from God and one that comes when I take time to slow down and quiet my doings to simply be. I know that my family and friends value that from me, and I know that when I slow down to be quiet before God (Psalm 46:10), I am able to know God better and to know myself better, too.

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Pledge2Pray

Archbishop Justin Welby is leading our Anglican Communion to set aside these next 10 days to be intentional about praying for others and our world. The website is www.thykingdomcome.global/?thankyou=1#Pledge2Pray where you can let the Archbishop know that you are participating, and there are many resources for your personal prayer time or for your familes or teens. There are videos sent to your email which share a good word each day.

Charles and I are committing to praying together toward this cause and we began this morning. We chose 5 people for whom to pray with the hopes of reaching people who don't have a relationship with Jesus.

I hope you'll consider looking at one of the links shared below and praying as an individual or with your family. The resources are varied and unique and well produced.

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Stability during the seasons of transitions

May can be a challenging month for families as the end of the school year brings about a series of transitions and changes. Some students are graduating and preparing for next steps; some students are preparing for being at a new school in the fall so they are already preparing themselves for leaving their current school and the friends they have there; some younger children will be getting ready to leave daycare and start a formal school setting. Then there are the transitions to the summer schedule and what that will mean for the family routine with more time at home, or summer camps and family vacations. Here at church we help see our students promote to the next small group such as Kids' Club, God Squad, Middle School Youth Group, and High School Youth Group, as well as new Sunday School classes. Thankfully, our hands-on leaders Priscilla Baez in the nursery, Carrie Kotal in the children's area, and Stephanie Paul with our teens are steady and consistent with our children and teens and will help welcome them as they move. Transitions are everywhere!

As always, during these seasons of transition, we know that we have God as our solid foundation upon whom we put our trust. He guides us through all of the changes, especially as we remain faithful to his leadership and call in our lives. For me personally, I am glad that God has brought me to All Saints' Church. I know that God has brought me here for this season in the church's life, and I have every reason to believe that God wants me here for many years to come. I continue to be in the discernment process with the Diocese of Central Florida toward Holy Orders and there has been much affirmation during this journey. 

I am still on God's timing and planning for the priesthood, but Lord willing, I should be at All Saints' to serve as a clergy member in the future to continue being part of the wonderful team and family that is All Saints' Parish. This is readily and openly affirmed by Fr. Reid and I am grateful that others are excited, too. I covet your prayers for the variety of ministry opportunities that are available for our children and teens as our Family Ministries team of staff and volunteers come alongside our families to encourage our students to love Jesus and put him first in their lives.

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Experiencing Holy Week

Family,

I am looking forward to our week together as we move from today's Palm Sunday celebration to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. I think about our opportunities to gather for worship each day (and multiple times on some days!). I think about our opportunities to be with our young people (on Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, and Saturday morning) to encourage and teach them about the importance of this week. I think about our personal reflections in scripture and daily devotions to walk each day of this week with Jesus. 

As I think about Jesus' final days, I reflect upon the persecution that he faced. And Christians throughout the ages and in various parts of the globe have suffered in the name of Christ. Non-believers simply cannot accept Jesus as fully God and fully man. They cannot accept his grace, love, and mercy. The novel/movie Silence helped to illustrate this reality of rejection, and just this morning we read or heard about Coptic Christians in two different locations in Egypt who were killed in their houses of worship as the result of a terrorist strike from non-Christians. Also, last week I received an email from English clergy friends who are currently serving an Anglican Chaplaincy in Sicily and they expressed that they don't feel safe wearing their clergy clothing in Palermo. We live in times where persecution of Christians makes our headlines and it is something we should consider with prayerful hearts. The world in which we raise our families is global and we can't forget that.

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The Fullness of God

Ephesians Chapter 3:14-21

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith - that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

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Covering the Basics

I always look forward to the beginning of a new calendar year. It's a time for new beginnings if one so chooses; or it is a time to get reoriented after the change of routine during the Christmas season.

Personally, I did not make specific resolutions for the new year, but because I have the priesthood journey as part of my experiences in 2017, I am making sure that there are essentials in my day-to-day existence. (I don't believe that these essentials are unique to my calling to the priesthood, by the way, so feel free to use these as a checklist for yourself, too!)

  • Each day I am trying to begin with prayer as I wake. Often times, I am not out of bed and my eyes might be closed, but I am definitely conscious and talking with God, pouring out my heart and mind as God leads the conversation.
  • I am listening to or reading scripture. Often it is the BCP daily lectionary readings plus other books/chapters I am reading for other studies.
  • I am tending to the relationships in my home. This means taking the time to be present to them and loving them as they need and perceive.
  • I am tending to my own personal needs of health and well-being which usually involves getting outside for time to jog or walk my dog.
  • I am reading and listening to texts other than the Bible that help me to be a more thoughtful Christian and person.
  • I am always returning to prayer as a continual dialogue with God throughout the day to frame my work and understand the best way to encourage others in their walk with God.

I am at peace with God when I do these "basics" and I am realizing more and more how much I don't need what the world is trying to offer to bring joy and happiness and peace; all I truly need is God's love and care for me and to spend my days with Him. 

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The Innocence of Children

Matthew 18:2-5

 

And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. "Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

I was ringing the Salvation Army bell as a volunteer for our church this week and found that I had much time for reflection since I was there without companionship. As I set in for my duties, I found that there was a steady flow of walking traffic in and out of the store, but rarely did people make eye contact or even acknowledge my existence, let alone contribute to the cause. Patrons were quickly walking by, or avoiding my area, and store employees who were working the carts in the parking lot managed to continue to pass by me without looking my way or saying a word. I saw at least 8 store employees and only 2 willingly made eye contact to greet me and a third employee was willing to respond and then look my way when I said hello. I started to get to the point of counting how many people would pass by without looking before someone would make eye contact and say hello. It was a pitiful percentage. I had strong conviction that I was standing there in the image of God with Christ's presence in me (John 15) and people were simply walking by and denying Jesus. I wondered if John the Baptist felt that way as one crying in the wilderness. 

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What Does God Expect?

It is the day after the election and I find myself thinking, "Now what?" There is always so much build up to the American political process that it is difficult to ignore the post-election emotions, no matter which way one voted or which candidate won. I find that I need to simply keep on praying that God's will be done no matter who is or isn't elected to office. No political leader or party is perfectly aligned with God's purposes, so we all do the best we can as we vote.

Thankfully, as Christians we have our hope in God the Father, Jesus as our Savior, and the Holy Spirit to be our comforter and guide. It is this very point that I want our young people to know. I want them to take away from all of this rhetoric that the only perfect worldview is to be aligned with God's will for the world, and God is not controlled by our political processes. When Jesus lived on earth, he did not try to overthrow or control the Roman political structures, but rather, he let those structures continue to function as they did. Jesus was more interested in trying to reorient how the Jewish religious people saw their world; He wanted them to have a "biblical" worldview (if you will permit me to use that term even though anachronistic for its time).

In a recent Sunday School class, our 6th-12th graders were asked to answer the question, "What does God expect from us?" I have several sheets of paper filled with their insightful answers. Here are a few of their thoughts:

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It's About Relationship

I had this phrase, "It's about relationship," come to me during a prayer time recently and it has been staying with me. I keep thinking about it for how it can shape each day of my life when I allow it to do so, but also what it means for how I communicate with all of our children, teens, families, and teachers at church. Here's what I mean...

It came to me when I was praying about our teens and what/how I would see us teaching them on Sundays and Wednesdays. We have a mission statement, we have a plan of activities on Wednesdays for theme nights, we have scripture application challenges, and we have a Sunday curriculum with a comprehensive 3-year plan for going from Genesis to Revelation, but what do I (and we) want to see our teens take away with them as they go off to college? The response that God told me was, "I want them to know that each day of life is about having a relationship with Me." 

I have started to share this good word with others and now I am sharing it with readers here. I posted it on my Facebook page the morning I heard from God; I have been sharing it with Priscilla, Carrie, and Stephanie who head up the grade level areas of ministries with our preschoolers, children, and teens; I will be sharing it with the Youth Steering Team in our monthly meeting this evening; and it continues to be a theme in texts, teaching resources, and workshops that I have encountered the past three weeks. God is guiding this process. 

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Knowing What to Know

We just experienced a full weekend of being together and hearing from our guest philospher and apologist Dr. Douglas Groothuis. The focus of his time with us was to heighten an awareness of the need to pursue knowledge of Christ and one's Christian faith. He asked our parents and teens to consider, "What do you believe?" and then charged them to know and believe the Bible. He quoted, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind" (Matthew 22:37), (which is a verse that now lives on the wall of our youth floor as a constant reminder of our highest calling). 

So, where do we go from here? Can we do better about engaging our hearts, souls, and minds to love God better? I think the answer will always be "yes" to that question, but I have an idea about a new discipline that we can undertake to do something in response to what we heard this weekend. Here goes...!

Go to www.newcitycatechism.com

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The Fruit of Parenthood

It might seem unlikely that I would write a short blog about parenthood based on a 4th-century confessional writing by St. Augustine, but here goes...I promise it's good stuff. :)

In books II and III of his Confessions, Augustine wrote about his older teen years and bemoaning his waywardness, but he explained that something changed within him at age 19. He was in a course of study that prompted him to read a text called Hortensius by Cicero. In his reflections he wrote, "it was this book which altered my way of feeling, turned my prayers to You, Lord, Yourself, and gave me different ambitions and desires...I was on fire then, my God, I was on fire to leave earthly things behind and fly back to You" (Book III, Chapter 4). Powerful stuff! I love when I hear about individual's lives being transformed by the Spirit!

So, how does this transformational experience connect with his parents? I'd imagine that all of us want the young people in our lives or household to be this excited about God. Here's what Augustine continued to write in that confession: 

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On Mission and Beyond

I spent the past week with 26 teens and various adult leaders/volunteers being on mission in our community. It was a rewarding week and one that I will remember for several reasons: 

  • God provided our needs just as we needed them since an awareness of needs regarding transportation and water presented themselves over the course of the week. Thank you, God, for answering prayers!
  • Having the mission team from St. Luke and St. Peter in St. Cloud with us was a wonderful addition to our week. We bonded with them and the ways that God is manifest in them both individually and as a team made an impact on us.
  • The kinship in Christ that we share deepened over the course of the week, and for that I am extremely grateful.
  • We were visited by Mike Beam from St. Michael's in Orlando and he brought a sermon about the difference that one person can make. His 3-year-old daughter is living testimony to that fact.
  • We shared Holy Communion together on the youth floor with Bishop Greg Brewer. It was an enriching experience. I coached a rising 6th grader from the other team to lead prayers of the people for the first time and he did a wonderful job.
  • Stephanie, Sophia, and Christian Paul got to spend many hours with us in mission activities and times of fun, fellowship, and devotion. It was fabulous!
  • We volunteered/ministered at 11 different ministries/locations in Lakeland. 
  • We didn't want to see it come to an end. :)

What happens next?...

As I was getting back to one of my devotional books this morning called The One Jesus Loves by Robert Crosby, I found that many of the themes of this past week were evident as I was reading. Crosby wrote about the feeding of the five thousand and that God's Bread gives life to the world; those were themes during our Eucharist service with Bishop Brewer. Crosby wrote that Christ followers have open eyes and open souls; those were discussions we had during our times of devotion when we talked about the parable of the Good Samaritan and how to be aware of the needs around us. Crosby wrote about what it means to be the seventy who follow Jesus and go out to serve and minister in his name; that was our modus operandi this past week. The next step (and I would add life-long step) that Crosby suggested is to "discover we are not just called to do something but to do it for Someone." He shared the scripture passage from Matthew 22:36-39 (which connects with the parable of the Good Samaritan): "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" He concludes his thought with the following statement: "Loving is the goal; serving is a means of fulfilling the goal."

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It's a Daily Thing

It has been a whirlwind of activity since school got out for our children and teens. From a youth lock-in to Vacation Bible School to a party for the Taits to a pool party for families to movie night at church for our teens, we have been having fun getting together!

A reflection that came from one of our children on Friday of Vacation Bible School was that she was glad that she got to come to church everyday. :)  And many of our children, especially our preschoolers, told their parents that they didn't want VBS to end. How wonderful!

One of our teens recently expressed to me that he wanted to use the competitve spirit among our teens to see if others could be encouraged to read their Bibles every day. I most certainly applaud this idea and I will help encourage incentives/competitions over the summer. The first incentive was presented last night to the teens who were at youth group. They need to find a daily Bible app (or simply use their Bibles) to have a daily reading, then write a short reflection on what that reading says to them. Then they need to forward that to me each day for one full week and I will have a food reward for them at the end of the week. It's really a simple challenge, but it requires daily intentionality. Developing a lasting and deep relationship with God is a daily thing. Let's pray that our summer challenges encourage spiritual growth!

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Growing Closer to Christ

For my birthday earlier this year, my husband Charles gave me a book written by one of his colleagues at Southeastern University. It is titled The ONE Jesus Loves and it is by Robert Crosby. The whole premise of the book is to establish a new rubric or a new model for understanding growing closer to Jesus. He shares an observation that over the centuries the following have been tools for growth in Christian discipleship: 

"The Apostles' [or for us the Nicene] Creed helps us with right beliefs.

The Lord's Prayer assists us with focused intercessions.

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Speaking of Sin

I started making time to attend Fr. Reid's Wednesday morning Bible study and the first class I attended was on the last few verses of Romans 7. (Now I wish that I had started attending sooner!) For many it was a great class, and in particular for me, I found that I had a greater sense of Paul's spirit in penning the words and a greater sense of my own sinfulness simply by being human and my need for God's grace. I had started reading a book called Speaking of Sin by Episcopal priest and author Barbara Brown Taylor and I have found some of her words to resonate with what I experienced in the Bible study that morning. I will share two brief excerpts below and I hope you find God's Spirit speaking through them:

"Sin is not simply a set of behaviors to be avoided. Much more fundamentally, it is a way of life to be exposed and changed, and no one is innocent. But that fact need not paralyze anyone with fear, since the proper response to sin is not punishment but penance...the point is that the essence of sin is not the violation of laws but the violation of relationships. Punishment is not paramount. Restoration of relationship is paramount, which means that the focus is not on paying debts but on recovering fullness of life." (I must interject with Romans 8:1, "Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.") "We do wrong, but we do not do wrong all alone. We live in a web of creation that binds us to all other living beings. If we want to be saved, then we had better figure out how to do it together, since none of us can resign from this web of relationship. Meanwhile, sin is our only hope, because the recognition that something is wrong is the first step toward setting it right again. 

"Repentance begins with the decision to return to relationship: to accept our God-given place in community, and to choose a way of life that increases life for all members of that community. Needless to say, this often involves painful changes, which is why most of us prefer remorse to repentance. We would rather say, 'I'm sorry, I'm so sorry, I feel really, really awful about what I have done' than actually start doing things differently. As a wise counselor once pointed out to me, our chronic guilt is the price we are willing to pay in order to avoid change. We believe that if we feel badly enough about what we are doing, then we may continue doing it. Plus, the guilt itself is so exhausting that it drives us right back into the arms of our sins, which may provide us with our only reliable comfort. 'All sins are attempts to fill voids,' wrote the French philosopher Simone Weil. Because we cannot stand the God-shaped hole inside of us, we try stuffing it full of all sorts of things, but it refuses to be filled. It rejects all substitutes. It insists on remaining bare. It is the holy of holies inside of us, which only God may fill. When we are ready to honor the bare space instead of trying to stuff it full, then we are ready to consider what kind of new life God may be calling us to. Our answers will be as varied as our sins, but they will involve more doing than saying, more reformation than remorse. Meanwhile, I do not believe that sin is the enemy we often make it out to be, at least not when we recognize it and name it as such. When we see how we have turned away from God, then and only then do we have what we need to begin turning back. Sin is our only hope, the fire alarm that wakes us up to the possibility of true repentance."

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Why Do We Do What We Do?

I was viewing a TED talk the other day that one of our parents shared with me. It was Simon Sinek in 2009 who was speaking on the topic of what motivates people to get involved. He focused on a concept called the golden circle where there are two rings and a center to the circle. In the outer ring is the question, "What do we do?" In the middle is the question, "How do we do what we do?" In the center is the question, "Why do we do how and what we do?" He stressed the value of starting in the center and working to the outside of the circle rather than the other way around to garner the participation and understanding of others.

It would seem that Jesus modeled this concept well for his disciples. One example is in the moments after Jesus fed the five thousand. The disciples wanted to continue living on the level of what Jesus did, they wanted him to continue feeding and providing for daily needs. Some, I imagine, would have even asked how he did it (not that it is recorded in the sciptural account). Jesus, however, wanted to talk to them about why he was doing what he was doing. It mattered to him that they knew he came to fulfill the sciptures and bear witness to the Father. He wanted them to realize that they could do so much more through the power of God than what they were yet willing to see.

How were the disciples lives transformed as they continued to listen and comprehend why Jesus did what he did? I think of Thomas who needed some of the "how" question answered before believing, but ultimately he followed Jesus as his risen Lord and Savior. As the disciples became apostles (because they had been with Jesus from his baptism to his ascension), they grew in their abilities to grow and serve the newly formed Church. Peter preached to a large crowd on the day of Pentecost and "about three thousand were added to their number that day" (Acts 2:41). They also "performed many signs and wonders among the people" (Acts 5:12). They certainly were empowered by God in unique ways, but I also believe they could do these amazing and powerful acts because they were convinced of the "why they did what they did." 

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Making a Difference

I've been observing some positive changes in what is happening with our 4th and 5th graders on Wednesday evenings. (The discipleship group for that age is called God Squad, named by last year's kids.) At the beginning of January, they started a new curriculum that helps them to focus on learning the books of the Bible and where to find them. Also, at the beginning of January, church member Henry Waldron joined the teaching team for that age group. When I first asked Henry to get involved, he wasn't sure what he would be able to contribute to the group, but he quickly found a spark of excitement when he realized that his passions could meet a need. He is excited about the Bible; he's excited about kids learning it, especially his grandchildren; and he's a gifted coach. He and Priscilla Baez and Tina Whitehead are demonstrating to the kids that it is important to know the Bible. They are bringing expectations each week for what they can and should learn. They are enthusiastic with the kids when they meet the goal at hand. What a difference they are making by having a plan for what they want the kids to learn and sharing it with passion. Kids can and do pick up on our passions, so our challenge as adults is to make sure we are prioritizing and placing value on what matters most. "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:21). Let us all keep striving to make a difference in our children's lives for the glory of God!

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Why Confirmation?

I'm excited to have started the journey of confirmation classes with 40+ other members and regular visitors of our parish family. I'm also pleased that there are more than a dozen teens who have joined the journey with us.

At the first meeting, Fr. Reid posed the question, "why confirmation?" Since I am coming from a different denominational background and feeling the strong call to the priesthood, I have been exploring that for myself. To be honest, when I attended the diocesan meeting last August to explore the call, I admitted to the group that I didn't know how God was going to guide me through this very aspect of the calling. My identity as a Christian had been through the lens of Baptist traditions and liturgies, but now God was asking me to maintain my Christian identity (which I received at my baptism) and to continue growing and exploring God's gifts in me through the lens of becoming part of the apostolic Church. It was an unsettling thought back in August because I knew that something would need to change and I was unsure if I would need to lose something in the process, but the call has grown stronger, the parish family has been affirming, and I look forward to how God will use the journey of confirmation to bring something new to my life.

What about you? What does confirmation mean? I am praying, in particular, that our teens will really embrace a personal understanding of their baptism and the calling to be in daily relationship with God. I hope that this journey will be just that, a daily and weekly rhythm of growing closer to God so that their faith in Christ as their Savior and their trust in the Holy Spirit to renew their lives will be confirmed because they truly believe it and are willing put their trust in God. It will be a joy to see what God will do through them as well as all of the confirmands at the time of confirmation. Bishop Greg Brewer will lay hands on each one and ask God to strengthen us with the Holy Spirit; empower us for service; and sustain us all the days of our lives. I am praying for God's anointing to take hold in all of us and bring about a new work for the kingdom of God, and I hope you will join me.

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Pledge for the New Year

As I started to think about the year to come, I started to think in terms of a pledge for the new year rather than a list of resolutions. I thought I would share with you how I am approaching 2016 as I serve among you at All Saints’ Church. 

·         I will continue to pray to God for wisdom, guidance, and blessing in all that we do.

·         I will continue to pray for each child and teen who are members of our fellowship, as well as children and teens who are regular visitors in our programming. I will pray for spiritual growth for each one, and I will add additional prayers as you share other concerns with me.

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Unexpected Joys

This has been a more meaningful Advent for me than some in the past, and for that I am grateful. Even though there have been activities and events to plan, coordinate, and lead, I have enjoyed my Advent scripture readings and haven't been overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the season. This morning I have done some reading, enjoyed sipping some tea, wrapped a few presents, and taken my dog for a stroll in the neighborhood - all the while thanking God for Jesus' birth and having new life in him. I am glad for moments to slow down and rest in God.

One my readings this morning was from a book by John Ortberg called All the Places to Go...How Will You Know? I bought it for myself last week when I was shopping for a few Christmas gifts. I am not in the habit of buying for myself on those sorts of trips, but this book just looked too intriguing. It has me from the opening sentence: "If you had to summarize your life in six words, what would they be?" When I was teaching at South McKeel Academy, we had a workshop where the six-word story idea was presented and many of us implemented it in some way with our students. It certainly makes you sift through what really matters or what really is at the core of what you want to communicate. The author of this book takes that concept and applies it to people of faith in the Bible. He suggests that Abraham's six-word story would be "Left Ur. Had baby. Still laughing." Or Mary's six-word story would be "Manger. Pain. Joy. Cross. Pain. Joy." I love what Ortberg is unfolding in the opening pages of this book and I can't wait to see how God will speak through his thoughts as I continue to read. 

Now here is what prompted me to write this blog post on such a day as this...Ortberg writes in his opening chapter:

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Scripture Readings for Sunday, July 30

First Lesson Genesis 29:15-28
Psalm Psalm 119:129-136
Second Lesson Romans 8:26-39
The Holy Gospel Matthew 13:31-33, Matthew 13:44-52

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