We Have Been Given Much: A Challenge to Extend Mercy this Holiday Season

  Thanksgiving is a time to remember God's mercies. The cultural narrative remembers the first Thanksgiving as a meal shared between the Plymouth colony and the Indians. This three-day festival commemorated both the mercies of God and the hospitality of the native population for the Pilgrim settlers. The Pilgrims were Separatists who broke away from…

Some more thoughts on independence

Before she woke up this morning, the small group of us here began celebrating her birthday. The 4th of July is a different experience overseas. You do not drive up and down streets dressed in red, white and blue ribbons. There is no smell of hot dogs wafting from your neighbor’s yard. You do not…

On gift-giving – Part 3

I believe people mean well enough, when it comes to gift-giving that is. However, it is ritual in America, especially around Christmas time. No longer is gift-giving a nice gesture. Instead, the tradition has become an obligation during this season of the year. It seems to me this shift in the essence of gift-giving has…