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Big ideas in small packages

Mother love

I was teaching a kindergarten class. The school had recently been reorganized, with some children suddenly finding themselves in new rooms with new classmates and new teachers.

Grateful for Gamaliel

Years ago, I’d been quite upset at work. There had been a change in management and I wasn’t happy with how our work was being handled.

Thanking God for the little things

Some time ago I started making a concerted effort to thank God for every small evidence of His care. I used to think those little events were insignificant, and only the big healings warranted recognition.

Adoring the “Adorable One”

Whenever we pray the Lord’s Prayer with its spiritual interpretation (see Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, pp. 16–17 ), we encounter the phrase “Adorable One.

A dancing lesson

In the movie Pure Country, two men reminisce about their boyhood visit to a fair, where one of the attractions was a dancing chicken. They knew the owner of the chicken had rigged a stove to heat underneath the stage.

Nothing can be lost in Mind

Last year my wife bought me a pair of nice quality wireless earbuds, and I use them several times each day. One day, while mowing the lawn, I used only one earbud and put the other in its charging box.

Safe in this house

Our toddler granddaughter is especially aware of new or loud sounds. So when a thunderstorm rolled through town, she was eager to tell about it: “The thunder went, Boom! Boom! But Mommy said, ‘It can’t come into our house, and Mommy and Daddy will always keep you safe.

Recognizing daily blessings

Recently I met with a university student for ten weeks as part of her class assignment to interact with a senior citizen. She shared how she loved her theology class, and I shared how I love the Bible and the book that makes it so practical— Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

Let kids sing their songs!

My four-year-old daughter and I were in our car heading to the park, when she noticed I was feeling worried and asked if she could sing a song. The first words she sang were, “God is the hum of life.

Are you a pillar of the church?

You sometimes hear it said that someone is “a pillar of the church,” implying that this one’s devotion and service are so substantial that he or she is an essential support for their church. Such a position can seem to be a great burden at times and make for a sense of weariness or imposition.