Friday, June 25, 2010

A visit to the library

Do you remember when we checked out library books by signing the card in the back of the book?

Last night, we made a family trip to the public library. I picked up a book by one of my former professors, and without really thinking about it...I flipped to the back of the book to look for the card. As soon as I did that, I was reminded of a common practice of mine in elementary school. I was not much of a reader. In fact, I used to say that I hated it. When Mom would take my brother (who loved to read) and me to the library, he would gather stacks of Hardy Boys mysteries while I wandered around flipping to the back of random books. I would pull the card to see if anyone I knew had checked it out.

If I found a book that had been checked out by someone I knew and liked, I might ask to check the book out. It's doubtful that the book was ever read once I got home. I suppose I was a strange kid...and maybe still a bit peculiar (no comments, please).
Anyway, it's just interesting how even today, I remember names easily and make name associations quickly.

Oh, by the way, I've been reading like crazy...trying to make up for lost time.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Family Prayer

This has become a daily, family prayer for us:

Lord, please give us...

minds that are hungry...
hearts that are tender...
hands that are ready...
words that build up...

and help us to extend compassion and mercy to others while speaking the truth.

Thursday, June 3, 2010


A couple of nights ago while eating a bowl of blueberries and yogurt, I was struck by a simple yet profound truth: God is so good to give us shapes!

Just think how boring life would be if there were only one or two shapes.
Enjoy His goodness!