In her lovely book The Silent Noisy Night, author Jill Roman Lord touches the inquisitor in all of us as she explores the idea that Jesus was born on a not-so-silent night after all!
Every day I watch Brynna, my daughter, sit and read books to the littler girl she finds in the mirror. Though she is eleven years old, she is functionally still a toddler and is non-verbal for the most part. She doesn’t play like other children play, she doesn’t run, she doesn’t play tag, but she absolutely loves her books.
When I graduated from High School my mom gave me a book. She wasn’t the first mom to do so, and she wont be the last. It’s sort of become a tradition, a standard gift to give a young lad or lass about to begin their journey into a sometimes dark and dangerous world. The book wasn’t about winning friends or influencing people, it wasn’t about making money, or achieving fame. It was a little book by Dr. Suess called “Oh the Places You’ll Go.”
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This coming May Brynna will turn 12 years old. To be honest, we weren’t sure we would ever make 12 days, much less 12 years. Today I was watching her walk across the living room unassisted as she plopped herself down to watch her seven billionth episode of Blue’s Clues. For some reason I was stunned in that moment at just how much she had grown and how much she had changed. I always think of Brynna as “the baby” though she is far from it and today, that hit home.
As a parent, you do what you can to train your children up the best way you know how. Sometimes you wonder if you are doing it right, if what you are teaching is sticking, or if they are being discipled at all. Then there are times when something happens that brings you hope and renews your faith in even the most feeble efforts.
About a week after K. came to live with us, we noticed something; he LOVED to go to church. He asks us almost daily, “Do we go to church damarrow?” When we say “yes” gets really excited, his countenance aflame with joy. We found him a small Bible to carry, and he carries it proudly every service. It is really sweet to see. Though he doesn’t yet understand many of the words, he still wants me to read from it each night after we read something on his level.
Today began as a heavy-hearted day. On the news I saw a story of three children killed in a tragic accident at a bus stop. Last night a dear family in our community suddenly lost a child. Yesterday a another lady and two children were killed in a car accident. These are heavy times, deep waters. Thomas Paine was once quoted as saying, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Indeed.
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Sometimes foster children call you all sorts of things. Sometimes they call you Mom and Dad like everything else. This go-round we are Mrs. Tammy and Mr. Parker for reasons unknown to us we acquired those names after about two weeks of being Mom and Dad. It doesn’t matter, but I will say that Mr. Parker has a very sweet sound coming out of the mouth of a tiny five year old.
Over the past couple of years I have been astonished by the sheer number of instances where our enemy, the one who comes only to steal, kill, and destroy, has weaseled his way into a family and home, seeking to bring utter desolation the bride of Christ by breaking up the family. He is gaining ground, and that makes me angry.
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