Oxford Languages defines empathy as the ability to
understand and share the feelings of another. Up to this point, we’ve been on
the outside looking in. Our faith community is more than empathetic towards those
who have been adversely affected. You don’t need to watch the news to know that
people who lost earnings, employment, businesses, personal liberty, and peace
of mind during the last six months struggle to recover their equilibrium.
Persons who have lost a loved one to COVID-19 or...
This nostalgic phrase in the American language came
into common usage when cars became an accepted mode of transportation in this
country. Its been so much a part of my life, it probably made the top-ten list
of all-time worst questions to hear from anyone in the passenger seat. There
are emojis, memes, gifs, and even a movie made by the same title. These four
words, apparently the perpetual question, make frequent appearances in
cartoons, books, and yes, even church newsletter articles.
Passing the mantle
Looking at the book of
Exodus over the last couple of weeks, we hear about the actions of God as he
delivered the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt. Exodus provides the story of
Moses, giving an account of his life from infancy to end of life. God not only
saves Moses as an infant, but his becoming an adopted member of the royal
family means that Moses receives the best education Egypt could offer. Little
does he know how much he will come to need every ounce of educatio...
Looking out of the backdoor, I can see that the September sun
is making heat distortion that makes my view of the church look a little
wavy. A slight breeze ripples through
the yellowing stalks of a quickly drying field of soybeans. Soon the combines
will be stirring up dust in that field, bringing in the harvest for another
Saturday, Penny and I went to Stuttgart via St. Charles and
State Highway 153, where farmers were busily cutting corn and rice. Tractors
pulling grain hoppers wer...