Monthly Archives: March 2012

Children Need Time

The conversation started over a week ago – “Any chance we can go to the beach for the weekend? There’s a big swell coming in…..” As the days went on, the pleas and hints and nudges became more persistent. “I … Continue reading

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Children Need God at the Center

Life orientation. Family orientation. Ministry orientation. Who is revolving around who? What are we placing at the “center of the universe”? I have seen countless children placed in the “center” of the family, where their every whim and fancy is … Continue reading

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Children Need Names

If we are numbered, not named, we are less than human. One of the most terrible things done to slaves throughout the centuries, from Babylon to Rome to the United States, was to take away their names. Isn’t one of … Continue reading

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Children Need Covenants

It’s amazing all the interesting thoughts that are swirling around this particular series of posts. I keep writing about it because I keep finding more that I want to add. I’m writing to stretch the boundaries of our collective thinking. … Continue reading

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Children Need Generosity

“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” John 6 Here is a boy. Something to think about today because somehow that boy found his way … Continue reading

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Children Need Fidelity

I’ve had many opportunities in recent days to meet with young couples or young families who are navigating ministry to children at risk in the midst of growing their marriages and family communities. We were in their place many years … Continue reading

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Children Need to See Lions

I came across this quote as I was reading the book Spiritual Direction by Henri Nouwen, and decided it needed to be included in this series. There was once a sculptor who worked hard with hammer and chisel on a … Continue reading

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Children Need to Step Out of the Center

We all need to step out of the center, not just children, but allowing children to believe from a young age that the universe is revolving around them, is a scary notion indeed. I have absolutely none of the details, … Continue reading

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Children Need Story

We’re continuing on in this series through the month of March. I keep finding thoughts I want to toss into this discussion. I want to broaden and deepen our dialogue around what children need. I fear if we only design … Continue reading

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Children Need Swede Pancakes and Turtledoves

Today marks the birthday of my maternal grandmother. She would have been 103 years old today. It’s impossible to think of her and not remember her home, her chickens, her clotheslines, her books, her frog eye salads, her runzas and … Continue reading

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