“I Believe”

“I Believe”

by Kelly B. Being a teacher, I covet my summers off as time to relax, reflect, read, and recharge. So, instead of writing a devotional this summer, I have charged my students before the end of the school year to come up with “I believe” statements. These are statements, that under any circumstance, ring true. I think you’ll find the wisdom of these 2nd graders far beyond that of even the most philosophical adult among us. And some, of course, remind us that there is a side of us that continues to dream big! Let the teacher learn from her students. [...]
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Imagine

Imagine

by Michelle B. “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.  And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like a rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.  Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.” (Acts 2:1-4). [...]
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The Monument We’re Building

The Monument We’re Building

by Diana S. There’s been a lot in the news about the civil war monuments that have come down recently, and Holly spoke about them last Sunday. The mayor of New Orleans, and others including Barak Obama have spoken about the choices we’ve made regarding the monuments that we have built, and more significantly, didn’t build, and how revealing it is that there are parts of our past we’d rather remain silent about. [...]
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Change Is In The Air

Change is in the Air

by Peggy D. Change is something that we can count on for sure.   School is out for the summer for most of us, and while some think that is a wonderful time for teachers, I texted Paula the other day and asked her, “Do I usually get a little depressed at the end of a school year?”  She called me and said, “I don’t know… I’m about 5 minutes away.  I’ll just come over.” [...]
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The Complete Education: A Graduation Reflection For All Of Us

The Complete Education: A Graduation Reflection for All of Us

by Mary Z. It’s May and graduation month in the Midwest. Our own KU graduation last week took me back to the 1980s when I was hired to help launch a new graduate program. Our first graduating classes were small, so we celebrated informally at the chairman’s home after the campus-wide ceremony.  A few years later, we (three faculty members) realized that we needed something more and so we developed our own ceremony just for our graduates, families and friends.  It was simple:  the department chair would give an introduction, I would make a few remarks to the graduates and then they would individually walk across the stage.  It was simple, yes, but it turned out to be so very meaningful for those who were there.  We felt badly we hadn’t done it from the beginning. [...]
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Simple Truths

Simple Truths

By Brandon P. “Iris” was back last week at Care Beyond the Boulevard. Still blind and still anxious at times, she seemed so much happier. She took directions from a young helper. He had light brown skin and was probably fourteen years old. There were two girls with him as well, each appeared to be about eighteen with tattoos on their backs and arms, and with faces that were worldly and yet still childlike. One had a baby with her. The boy waited with Iris. She needed refills and said the medications had been a godsend. And that she was glad to have the same doctor back.  And that she appreciated the cushion on the chair, that everywhere she sits feels hard to her. [...]
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Lord, Make Me An Instrument Of Your Peace

Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Your peace

by John J. We have come to a crossroad in this country where division has become the norm.  Where being on a side and having power has become more important than working together for the common good.  We certainly know right now what people are against, but do we really know what people are for. [...]
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Excuse Me, Have You Seen These Two Girls?

Excuse me, have you seen these two girls?

by Viannella H. It was the ad Otto Frank posted in the newspaper that I remember most from my visit to Anne Frank's home in Amsterdam years ago. The ad was only three lines long with the names of his two missing daughters, and some other details such as their ages and Otto's contact information all in tiny font  He had not seen them since being separated from them in Auschwitz. [...]
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The Ritual Of Prayer

The Ritual of Prayer

by Judy B. On Saturday, Peace Church had an outing to the Islamic Society of Johnson County.  It used to be a simple ranch house with a sign out front.  Now they are building a mosque that they hope will be completed by Ramadan. [...]
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Strands Of Hope

Strands of Hope

by Nancy P. It’s the day after Easter Sunday and as you vacuum up the remnants of plastic Easter grass or dig that last jellybean or two out of the couch, the holiday letdown hits us all.  There is usually a great deal of preparation and anticipation in the days and weeks before.  The day after any holiday always seems like a letdown.  Leaving us to think, is that all there is? [...]
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Be Different

Be Different

by Eli C. Holly said in her sermon Sunday that Lent is a season for figuring out how you can live differently, be different. I’m sure I could’ve figured that out much earlier in the proceedings, but it only just became clear to me. (Thanks, Holly.) The truth is I’ve been leading up to that revelation for the last couple of weeks, almost right on time, but I hadn’t been able to put my finger on it exactly. [...]
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Twirl And Smile

Twirl and Smile

by Kelly B. I watched her turn circles down the hall, her red ruffled dress twirling around her waist. The teacher in me wanted to remind her that the sign in the hallway said “Walk, Face the Front, Be Silent.” In all fairness, I guess she was being silent. But she wasn’t really walking – she was twirling. And she only faced the front when she turned a full 360 degrees. She glanced back at me, noticed I was following her, and smiled. Then she twirled again. I should probably remind her to be careful and face the front. I am a teacher and I should be enforcing the militant hallway rules. But I didn’t. I let her go on. I watched her twirl, smile, twirl, smile. [...]
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