Finding peace with family

Five years ago today, I had one of the most challenging family experiences of my  life. One of my older family members lived alone, and would sit in her kitchen most of the day listening to AM talk radio. It was Halloween, and just a few days before the 2012 presidential election. By this point, the voices coming through the airwaves had convinced her that our country and our world were (literally) going to come to an end if a certain candidate did not prevail over his evil, incumbent rival in the upcoming contest. Continue reading “Finding peace with family”

You deserve a break today

The fourth commandment reminds us to “Remember the Sabbath day and treat it as holy.” (Exodus 20:8 CEB). The scripture goes into more specifics about which day and how to do it, but I’m not here to preach about reserving Saturday (or Sunday if you prefer) to eschew all work in order to focus on God. The true lesson in the Sabbath is not about honoring a specific day, or doing it in any particular way, but you are certainly welcome to live by the ancient advice literally, if you so choose. Continue reading “You deserve a break today”

Watch it!

Social media seems to have made us all into armchair experts on the things going on around us in the world. We see and hear something on TV, in the news, on Twitter or Facebook, and it gets repeated as fact, over and over again by strangers, family, friends. How many times do we see this happen, but we know better, and set out with the determination of a game hunter to correct them? It becomes the battle of will – who has the strongest message, the most compelling point. If only they would just listen! Continue reading “Watch it!”