I went to the farther-away grocery store today. Sometimes you’ve got to find adventures wherever you can. May the coming month have a few more summer delights for you–even if they’re just adventures to the grocery store.
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How Do I Talk to My Kids About Their Hard Bible Questions?
Molly Flinkman digs into the tough questions.
- My seven-year-old daughter loves to ask hard questions about the Bible.
Recently, we read about the parting of the Red Sea. The Jesus Storybook Bible tells this account beautifully, and as I read it with our kids, I was looking forward to the clear gospel application in the end: God made a way for the Israelites just as he made a way for us through Jesus. Amen and bedtime.
Taper of Grief
Amy Baik Lee meditates on grief.
- Outside, coursing in from the west, the amber and violet gloaming has begun.
Dinner is over, and I sit at the piano. Behind me a stream of girlish laughter twirls and dashes through the living room in response to the film music I’m playing, but my own shoulders are weighted, as if a hollow has been carved between them, and lead poured in.
Four Good Books for Littles
Our friends at Redeemed Reader have some great books suggestions for us.
- Young children need Truth, and it’s never too early to begin.
Spiritually Preparing For A Very Difficult Year
Joshua Gibbs looks at this coming year from the perspective of a teacher.
- The following thoughts are intended for fellow teachers, but others might benefit from listening in.
Students running for student government tend to have a lot of ideas about how the school can be improved. Their ideas for improving the school usually involve staff and faculty using their power, time, and money to make the lives of students easier and more pleasant. They want a senior lounge, more dress down days, longer breaks between classes, more parties, a prom, and so forth. Occasionally, I step in and ask candidates, “And who will take responsibility for your ideas if they go horribly wrong?” They usually respond, “Wait, what could possibly go wrong?”
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The Gift of an Unscheduled Summer
Carolyn Leiloglou reminds us how to receive summer.
- I remember loving summer as a child, despite the intense Texas heat. It wasn’t that I didn’t love school. I did. But there was something magical about that long period of freedom that nourished my soul.
But summers back then were a little different. Oh, we went to VBS and maybe camp for a week, but the rest of our days were fairly free. We swam and rode bikes. We read and played Nintendo. We climbed trees and caught lizards.
A Sudden Joyous Turn
We throw back to a lovely reflection on eucatastrophe from Andrew Peterson.
- So my nine-year-old son Aedan just finished reading Tolkien’s The Return of the King for the first time.
He came downstairs after he finished and we talked about the ending, about the mysterious Undying Lands to which the elves were compelled to go; about how happy and sad he was for Sam, who had a family and a home in a restored Shire but who had to go on without his dearest friend; the bittersweetness of Frodo’s farewell at the Grey Havens. I can’t imagine a more poignant or complete ending to the story.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Is your family followers of Shark Week? Whether you are or not, it might be fun to dig into the wonders of these creatures with these fun printables.
Something to Watch
Sometimes you discover that Daveed Diggs looks a bit like Ernie. And that he can throw a pretty great freestyle rap into the middle of a classic Sesame Street song.
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
-The Story Warren Team