Brenda Cannon Henley's archive

I read a quote this week from Amy Tan that has stuck in my mind more than many do: “In a Chinese family, the mother pulls very tightly on the bond to a point where the daughter asks, ‘Why can’t I know about such and such?’ and the mother answers, ‘Because I haven’t put it into your mind yet.’”

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Having served in Christian ministry for many years on the local church level and with a large international ministry, I have met and become friends with people from many places and walks of life. Even as a writer, I still have many opportunities to witness good people in action helping others, good deeds being done, and Christianity being shown forth from pure hearts with good motives.

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Several things have brought to my mind the realization that we are all victims of tunnel vision, even though we strive to pretend we are not. It is normal for the most part that we think first and foremost of our own lives, our needs, our joys, our families, and the things we seek to integrate into our lives.

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Closing out every e-mail I have sent for several years is a favorite quote of mine. It reminds folks that we really should believe that everything we do matters – because it does.

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Parents should strive to love all their children equally, but we all know that is not always the case. Going all the way back to biblical times, we have illustrations of one or both parents loving one son or daughter above the other, showing favoritism, and giving blessing or goods to the preferred child. The children that know they are “less loved” end up suffering, harboring feelings of inadequacy, and growing up bearing this burden.

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