religion

I wrote to a friend from high school the other day and said, “At our age, we learn to take our little delights and unexpected gifts of life whenever they come and however we can absorb them.” Marie wrote back and said, “You are very right. And I am only glad that I have learned to be content in whatever state I am in and with whatever good I have in my life.”

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“Unfettered,” according to the American Heritage Dictionary, means “free from fetters or other physical bonds.”

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“I get like a tigress when it’s about my kids,” wrote famed actress Meryl Streep.

I did not get to read the entire interview, but I can only imagine that someone had attacked one of her offspring and she did not like it very much at all. From some of the titles I read on printed media while waiting in grocery check out lanes, I am surprised that more mothers haven’t cried out or attempted to stop the printing of slanderous lies and innuendo that probably has little basis of truth.

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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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Charles Kingsley wrote, “Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do which must be done, whether you like it or not. Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance, self control, diligence, strength of will, content, and a hundred other virtues which the idle never know.

Elvis Presley perhaps was paraphrasing Joseph Addison when he said, “The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”

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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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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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I suppose I had dreamed that by the time I reached a certain age or place in life that I would not be fielding quite so many questions. That is not true. I answer questions all day long and into the evenings some of the time, and I find my own questions swim up to the surface and beg for answers during other hours and minutes.

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Brenda Cannon Henley

There are few things in life stronger than the love of a mother for her child. In her heart and body are the elements that sustain the young life until it greets the world in birth, and those same elements grow with each gift of a child. A mother knows her own child, I might add, like no other and can see the good sometimes resting beneath the unkind, mischievous or negligent surface.

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