Henry has more energy than a nuclear reactor; I have to work hard to keep up with him. He is creative and silly and affectionate, and he adores his little brother Toby. I'm thankful that I have gotten to make many beautiful memories with him over the past three years.
Perhaps our homes, schools, and communities should spend more time and energy and money encouraging a desire to pursue life-long education, a willingness to make realistic plans for the future, and a commitment to personal integrity and civic responsibility.
Is God offended when people ask him hard questions? I'm convinced that God wants us come to him with our doubt and disappointment. One of the hard questions is why he doesn't give us clear and simple answers to our hard questions. But for some reason that is part of the journey we must walk.
I'm not sure why Donald Trump feels the need to make inflammatory remarks about immigrants. I guess it gets him a lot of attention; I'm giving him more attention right now. But I do find it ironic since his mother was an immigrant from Scotland, and his father's parents came to the U.S. from Germany.
Grieving is hard by itself. But it also makes harder other things in our lives, everything from getting out of bed in the morning to maintaining healthy relationships. When two people are going through grief together (e.g., a married couple mourning the loss of a child), things are even more complicated because each person is different. We have different memories, different dreams that are dashed, and different expectations for what should happen next and when.
If someone is hurting other people, we should not be afraid to speak strongly against him and intervene to protect his victims. (For example, the people who push sex-change therapy and surgery, especially for children, are on dangerous ground.) But if someone is herself hurting, misguided, marginalized, isolated, or otherwise distressed, we should not to make the problem worse by ganging up on her with mockery, insult, and criticism.
Grief touches all of us--famous and forgotten, rich and poor, old and young. Nothing exempts us from the possibility of facing grief, and nothing can make grief go away when tragedy strikes.
"But it isn't unsavory," argued Bok. "That is just it. We have made it so by making it mysterious, by surrounding it with silence, by making it a forbidden topic. It is the most beautiful story in life."
Jesus did not pressure anyone to follow him. He invited and he welcomed, but he did not demand or cajole. I see the early disciples following his example.