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Offering humbly-confident prayers

When Alex and Nick were very young, we knew what they were doing all the time.

No, really, ALL the time.

It was incredibly exhausting.

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As they grew and we had witnessed enough wonderful choices and decisions, we stepped back a bit and parts of their day were their own.

Of course, we’d hear the pitter-patter of feet coming down the hall, giggles, and Nick emerging around the corner.

“Mom, Dad…wait just a minute.”

And then he’d disappear around the corner again and we could hear loud whispers of “what was I supposed to ask”, followed by an intense whisper by his sister of exactly what it was that she wanted.

We’d call “come out you two” and we’d wait for them to come, pushing each other a little so as to not be the one in front.

Soon they were on our laps and we’d talk about just what it was on their minds.

Quickly, however, this magical time disappeared and was replaced by more serious petitions about things that truly mattered to them.

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Neither condemning nor condoning: the fine line of unconditional love

I wonder how often we stop to think about why we support the things we choose to support.

I mean really think about it.

Political correctness? Cause celebre? Zeal of wanting to change the world? Self-righteous superiority?

demonstrationObviously there are those who have lost focus of the actual issues in the melee of the fight for victory. It becomes all about winning the battle rather than understanding the overall reason we are at war.

And what the real outcome must be.

I guess it’s just part of human nature to immediately assume that we know more about an issue than those who are trying to guide us through it. Just flip the channel to any 24-hour news station and you’ll see what I mean.

But the vast majority of the time we simply don’t have the ability, or resources, or edification to see and understand the whole picture.

We make our judgements based on the few pieces of information we have acquired here and there.

So who does see and understand the whole picture?

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Living in the Woods

Well, we’re not out of the woods yet.

We’ve heard this phrase a lot, usually referring to someone who has been ill and is still in an uncertain recovery.

Or, when someone is trying to close a business deal and some unforeseen obstacles come up that could blow the whole thing apart.woods3

Or, it could even be when someone is actually on a hike and is still under the canopy of thick forest.

Whatever the situation, the connotation is clear that one can only relax and breathe easier once the trees are left behind. Things are okay again when there is only sunshine in a clear meadow ahead.

Last night I muttered the same expression.

Crud, I guess I’m still not out of the woods.

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