Because it was a holiday, the kids were off from school. My 17-year-old stepson had asked to borrow the car to go out with his friends. Like any parent of a recently licensed driver, I was relieved to see the car, dent-free and unscratched, parked in the driveway when I got home. But I was unprepared for what I would find when I walked in the door. Chris, my stepson, and ...Keep Reading
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At the ACC after-school tutoring program a few weeks ago Pastor David casually mentioned to me that he and Sobeyda were going to be hosting a refugee family from El Salvador. My heart jumped with excitement...what an opportunity for ACC to show the love of God! I also was encouraged by their willingness to share their living space with strangers, knowing they give so much already as a Pastor and Counselor. The next day Carolina and her almost 11 year old son Onandy arrived....
I once knew a man who ate the same food every day for years a liverwurst sandwich and Italian butter cookies. He swore by this diet and lived well into his nineties. But to be honest, if that is all I had to eat, I'm not sure I would want to live that long. Most of us crave variety in our meal plan. We enjoy tasting different kinds of food. Strangely, however, when it co...Keep Reading
When I was in elementary school and the teacher took attendance at the beginning of the day, students would respond to hearing their name by saying "here" or "present." Those who were absent, of course, would say nothing at all. There were only two options. You were either in school or you weren't. Present or absent. There was no in-between, no degrees of attendance. No on...Keep Reading