I sometimes have a hard time remembering that small things matter. Perhaps that’s a part of why I started this blog – to remind myself, more than anyone, that faith happens in the daily, in the mundane, in the ordinary, that I need to choose, this moment, who I am going to serve. There were several good posts that touched on that theme this week:
Osheta Moore tells us that, while we often think we need big solutions for big problems, maybe what we really need is big faithfulness.
Megan Tietz warns against overthinking how we can love others, and suggests that instead, sometimes it’s as simple as baking a cake.
And in a beautiful reimagining of the story of Pharaoh’s daughter, Kelley Nikondeha reminds us that nothing is too small when done in service to God’s freedom song.
Lovers of literature (myself among them) were excited to hear that Harper Lee, beloved author of To Kill a Mockingbird, is going to publish a sequel. Regrettably, there have been whispers of scandal surrounding the announcement, hints that perhaps people are taking advantage of an old woman because of the money involved. I haven’t decided what I think of the whole thing, but these three articles gave me food for thought.
I enjoyed Kris Woll’s reflection on family and the meaning of home over at Brain, Mother, and I loved the writing in this piece about family and breakfast and life. And this story about a 90-year-old primary school student warms the heart.
And finally, two articles with plenty to ponder, both ostensibly about parenting issues, but really having much to say about culture and society at large. The biggest takeaway from this one is the last sentence in the second paragraph which states, “Children are raised in all sorts of ways, and they all turn out just fine”, from this one about picky eaters, it’s that teaching our children to eat is like teaching them to read – unless there’s a medical issue, every kid can get there.
Happy Valentine’s Day! I’ll leave you with a photo of my two Valentines; if everyone was as lucky in love as I am, the world would be a happier place.