Slow Dance

Slow Dance

Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round Or listened to the rain slapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?   You better slow down Don’t dance so fast Time is short The music won’t last   Do you run through each day on the fly When you ask “How are you?” do you hear the reply? When the day is done, do you lie in your bed With the next hundred chores running through your head?   You’d better slow down Don’t dance so fast Time is short The music won’t last   Ever told your child, We’ll do it tomorrow And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch, Let a good friendship die ‘Cause you never had time to call and say “Hi”?   You’d better slow down Don’t dance so fast Time is short The music won’t last   When you run so fast to get somewhere You miss half the fun of getting there. When you worry and hurry through your day, It is like an unopened gift thrown away.   Life is not a race. Do take it slower Hear the music Before the song is over. — Author Unknown Meditation: And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha,

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It Should Not Get to This

It Should Not Get to This

A man in Scotland calls his son in London the day before Christmas Eve and says, “I hate to ruin your day but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; 45 years of misery is enough.” “Dad, what are you talking about?” the son screams. “We can’t stand the sight of each other any longer,” the father says. “We’re sick of each other and I’m sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Leeds and tell her.” Frantically, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. “Like h..l they’re getting divorced!” she shouts, “I’ll take care of this!” She calls Scotland immediately, and screams at her father, “You are NOT getting divorced! Don’t do a single thing until I get there. I’m calling my brother back, and we’ll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don’t do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?!” She hangs up. The old man hangs up his phone at the other end and turns to his wife. “Sorted! They’re both coming for Christmas and they’re paying their own way.” While this anecdote may sound amusing, it also calls for sober reflection particularly in term of how we relate to our parents. Imagine how many times they must have patiently attended to our calls even for the

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Family

Family

I ran into a stranger as he passed by, “Oh excuse me please” was my reply.   He said, “Please excuse me too; I wasn’t watching for you.”   We were very polite, this stranger and I. We went on our way and we said goodbye.   But at home a different story is told, How we treat our loved ones, young and old.   Later that day, cooking the evening meal, My son stood beside me very still.   When I turned, I nearly knocked him down. “Move out of the way,” I said with a frown.   He walked away, his little heart broken. I didn’t realize how harshly I’d spoken.   While I lay awake in bed, God’s still small voice came to me and said,   “While dealing with a stranger, common courtesy you use, but the family you love, you seem to abuse.   Go and look on the kitchen floor, You’ll find some flowers there by the door.   Those are the flowers he brought for you. He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue.   He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise, you never saw the tears that filled his little eyes.”   By this time, I felt very small, And now my tears began to fall.   I quietly went

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Don’t Take it Home

Don’t Take it Home

The carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farmhouse had just finished a rough first day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit, and now his ancient pickup truck refused to start. While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence. On arriving, he invited me in to meet the family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands. After opening the door, he underwent an amazing transformation. His face was wreathed in smiles, and he hugged his two small children and then gave his wife a kiss. Afterwards, he walked me to my car. We passed the tree, and my curiosity got the better of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier. “Oh, that’s my trouble tree,” he replied. “I know I can’t help having troubles on the job, but one thing for sure, troubles don’t belong in the house with my wife and children. So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home. Then in the morning, I pick them up again.” “Funny thing is,” he smiled, “when I come out in the morning to pick them up, there aren’t

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Buying Time

Buying Time

A man came home from work late again, tired, irritated, and stressed, to find his 6-year-old son waiting for him at the door. “Daddy, may I ask you a question?” “Yeah, sure, what is it?” replied the man. “Daddy, how much money do you make an hour?” “That is none of your business! What makes you ask such a question?” the man said irritatingly. “Oh, I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?” pleaded the little boy. “Well, if you must know, I make $20.00 an hour.” “Oh,” the little boy replied, head bowed. Looking up, he said, “Daddy, may I borrow $10.00 please?” The father was irritated. “If the only reason you want to know how much money I make is so you can borrow some for a dopey toy or other nonsense, then off to your room and think about your selfishness. And besides, you’re only 6 years old, and 6 year-olds don’t need money. I work long, hard hours every day to earn money for you and your mom, I don’t have time to talk about loaning you money”. The little boy went quietly to his room and shut the door. After about an hour, the father had calmed down and started to think he may have been a little

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19 Somethings to Say to Children

19 Somethings to Say to Children

1. I love you! There is nothing that will make me stop loving you. Nothing you could do or say or think will ever change that. 2. You are amazing! I look at you with wonder! Not just at what you can do, but who you are. There is no one like you. No one! 3. It’s all right to cry. People cry for all kinds of reasons: when they are hurt, sad, glad, or worried; when they are angry, afraid, or lonely. Big people cry too. I do. 4. You’ve made a mistake. That was wrong. People make mistakes. I do. Is it something we can fix? What can we do? It’s all over. You can start fresh. I know you are sorry. I forgive you. 5. You did the right thing. That was scary or hard. Even though it wasn’t easy, you did it. I am proud of you; you should be too. 6. I’m sorry. Forgive me. I made a mistake. 7. You can change your mind. It’s good to decide, but it is also fine to change. 8. What a great idea! You were really thinking! How did you come up with that? Tell me more. Your mind is clever! 9. That was kind. You did something helpful and thoughtful for that person. That must make

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