During my missionary kid days, silence used to terrify me. If no one was talking, that meant they might not feel connected with, treasured, or heard. I found myself filled with anxiety quite often, trying to ma[...]
“If you don’t like how they treat you, take the time to teach them a different way.” The advice seemed so simple. Despite my disabilities, my parents always tried to make sure I could operate in mainstream cult[...]
“Please tell your story to my daughter,” my friend wrote. “She needs to know there’s hope.” As I read my friend’s request, I was shocked at the bittersweet emotions her plea conjured up within me. I was thankfu[...]
What is it that makes kids want to help in the kitchen? There is something in the human soul that longs to be a part of creating something, of contributing to the community. It takes a lot of patience on the pa[...]
“I love watching you walk by my house every day. You don’t know me, but thanks for being you. You’re a breath of fresh air. Something is different about you.” The complete stranger who spoke those words had cau[...]
My friend made it clear she felt as if I was her only way out. As she explained her problem, my heart ached as she told me I was her only friend, and the only one who could rescue her from her situation. It wou[...]
Dr. Rich Schnieders, pastor, Friendship Grace Brethren Church, Fort Myers, Fla., and a retired major in the Lee County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office, wrote this response to the recent shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Do[...]
Christmas Season is a good time to ponder an interesting verse. “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, w[...]
Ethnocentrism Regardless of worldview or cultural upbringing, we all have ethnocentric tendencies. Ethnocentrism is the way that we evaluate other cultures according to preconceptions that are based in an indiv[...]
It sounded like a really good idea. My husband was working late in Valparaiso, an hour and a half west of us. Knowing he would get home late and be too tired to remember, he decided to set his phone alarm for t[...]
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