Upon seeing scenes of homes and other property being swept away, towns flooded, and farms and livestock stranded by water, my heart goes out to all those suffering near my home in Colorado in the recent floods. I hope they recover. I also hope that those facing less obvious but still overwhelming challenges in other ways will find their resiliency.
Bob, as I’ll call him for this piece, is struggling on many fronts in his life. His thoughts as he faces his challenges could help others.
Bob said, “Have you ever been in the depths, looking all around yourself and see everything falling apart in almost all aspects of your life? In this moment as you feel the life force draining out of you, the desire to press forward literally dying and all you can see is what’s wrong, look for just one thing that is happening right. One thing that is good, one person, one place, one thing, one single idea. Focus on that and turn your thoughts and your heart to God and pour out open gratitude for that single thing you are so blessed with.” Continue reading
Mother’s Day for many mothers was filled with gifts and services from a doting husband and their children. Breakfast in bed, flowers, candy, spa treatments, jewelry, indulgences of all sorts top the list. Visits, phone calls and cards also rank high.
Yet, other mothers didn’t receive any of that. The day brought nothing special. No gifts, no special treatments, no visits, no calls. It’s easy for these mothers to assume they aren’t worthy of being honored whether the fathers of their children are in their lives. Continue reading
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As there is no official Father’s Day song, I want to embed one into your head. The favored piece is the aria, “O Mio Babbino Caro” (Oh My Dear Papa), from the opera, “Gianni Schicchi” (1918) by Giacomo Puccini. In the opera, Lauretta sings a plea to her father for permission to go with the man she loves to buy a wedding ring.
Though I’m not advocating society go back to the days when fathers hold power over who should marry, society has moved too far from children asking their fathers even for advice. As you listen to the Norwegian sophrano Sissel Kyrkjebø sing, think what plea do you have for your father?
I know plenty of children who wish their fathers were in their lives more and plenty of fathers who miss their children. Also, I know God, Our Heavenly Father, would like to hear our pleas to him as well.
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Just like most Thanksgivings, this year I thought about one thing a University of Colorado political science professor taught me in the 1990s. Dennis Eckert told the class you don’t leave a tip on the table after Thanksgiving dinner. As I remember it, he was making the point that you don’t mix values. So, this underscored for me the meal had nothing to do with monetary values. Grandma wasn’t fixing the meal for a price but out of love and other reasons. Continue reading
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