So here I am next to my son’s grave. God knows! He knows because he’s been here, because he is here with me… with Kenny. It’s a sacred place of waiting. It’s waiting for the promise of the Father, that his Son, Jesus, would not be abandoned to the grave. That is the rest of the story remembered during Holy Week.
To end we all gathered around this couple that we love so much and prayed prayers of boldness and love for their lives. For them to be courageous and strong and on mission for God. We prayed the same for ourselves. I think what was so strongly felt was the fact that that day was more about God than a wedding. It was more about what it means to be two people in love in light of who they are in God’s plan and His love.
- I admire people who are respectful and gracious in their speech
- I admire people who are quick to say “I’m sorry.”
- I admire people who build up instead of destroy.
- I admire people who don’t have to be the center of attention.
- I admire people who spread joy instead of cynicism.
Every leader needs people around them. A safe place to go to be you, to be vulnerable, to ask for help, to blow off steam, and to be covered in prayer. A place to go where you will be challenged to stretch, grow, and develop. Like Moses, sometimes you need someone to hold up your arms so you can lead because you are just flat out exhausted, that bone tired that makes it hard to do anything.
Today, however, movies and television often portray men as clueless, game-addicted couch potatoes rather than active, hard-working leaders. Often the strong and sensible characters in movies and television are women. When portrayed as strong, men often exaggeratedly suffer from an overdose of testosterone. Of course, the blame cannot wholly be laid on our modern culture, since male passivity also began in Eden, when Adam failed to stand up to the serpent and protect his wife from its temptations. As inheritors of Adam’s sinful nature, we all can fall into passivity, failing to work and lead as we should.
The students identify many classic elements of a good presentation of talk. Below is a list of some of the more common elements identified by the students. This is a rough assembly of the items that students, numbering more than 100 in total came up with. Each element is quite commonsensical, perhaps, but common sense is not common practice.
When relating to a person with Alzheimer’s, there are many guidelines to follow. I’m going to discuss five of the most basic ones here: 1) Don’t tell them they are wrong about something, 2) Don’t argue with them, 3) Don’t ask if they remember something, 4) Don’t remind them that their spouse, parent or other loved one is dead, and 5) Don’t bring up topics that may upset them.