May you be blessed with loving family members, who surround you with a warm blanket of protection—from the cares and concerns of this broken world.
This anecdote may be extreme, but I must admit, I find it amusing!
A Muslim cleric in northern Iran has complained that a woman attacked him after he chastised her for dressing too immodestly. According to the report filed with a state-run news agency, cleric Hojatoleslam Ali Beheshti demanded a local woman from the town of Shahmirzad cover herself up as the two passed each other on the street. The report claims the woman replied, “You, cover your eyes,” before she shoved him down and began kicking him.
Loyalty is generally defined as devotion and faithfulness to commitments to a cause, country, group, or person. However, philosophers disagree and argue that loyalty is strictly interpersonal and only another human being can be the object of loyalty.
When I was a young girl growing up in Iowa in the 1960’s my family attended a Baptist Church. One Sunday morning, I was handed a Power for Living pamphlet. On the back page of the pamphlet was a column entitled, “I’ve Been Thinking” by Joyce Landorf. I remember reading the column on my way home from church and saying to myself, YES—that is what I want to do someday!
Remember the story of Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving? Constantly scolded by his wife for leading an idle and worthless existence, she becomes thoroughly angry with him one day and drives him from the house. In the face of a terrible storm Rip wanders toward the mountains. There he meets gnomes who give him some magic schnapps to drink, and under its influence he goes to sleep for 20 years. A 20-year-long nap away from a nagging woman may sound appealing to men, but in this case after waking up, he finds his wife missing, his house dilapidated, and the world much changed.
So, you’ve been married a long time—you love each other—you provide companionship for each other—you know the rhythms of everyday life backwards and forwards. It’s all good!
“I desire to be close to God, but why can’t I stay consistent on a path to a deeper relationship with Him? Why do I get side-tracked?” These heart-felt questions required an honest response—and even more importantly—a carefully thought-through one revolving around my own personal walk with God.
One of the greatest war heroes in American history never fired a bullet!
Private Desmond Doss walked into the bloodiest battle of World War II’s Pacific theater with nothing to protect himself except his Bible and his faith in God. A devout Seventh Day Adventist and conscientious objector, Doss enlisted as a medic and refused to carry a rifle.
The story is told of a 90-year-old woman, who after many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of a nursing home, was finally being moved to her tiny new room. “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old presented with a new puppy. The attendant said, “But you haven’t seen the room yet… just wait.” The woman relied, “I don’t have to see it because I already decided to love it.”
Affection is all warm and melty until something ruptures the relationship. What happens when the bonds of affection are broken?