Thursday, April 28, 2011

Is it real?

How important is it, and at what age do you tell a child that those cherished holiday/event characters in their lives are not real?  For me, with our first child, Jenny, it came too, too early, she was only four years old.  We were driving to church the Sunday after Christmas when this question hit me from the back seat: 

Jenny:  Is Santa Claus real?

(Not ready for this) mommy:  Santa Claus is a fun game that mommies and daddies like to play with their children.

Jenny:  Is the Easter Bunny real?

(Oh no, no, no) mommy:  The Easter Bunny is a fun game that mommies and daddies like to play with their children.

Jenny:  Is the tooth fairy real?

(Can't believe this is happening) mommy:  The tooth fairy (she hadn't even lost any teeth yet) is a fun game...

Jenny:  Is Heavenly Father real?

Now, given that little scenario, what did we do?  We went on to play the game with the next five children and continued to do it with Jenny (even though she knew).  And they all grew up with their psyches and testimonies intact.  Here was our philosophy - we went to church EVERY Sunday, we prayed EVERYDAY, we read the scriptures, we worked and played as a family.  Santa once a year, Easter baskets once a year, and losing 20 teeth were minuscule compared to what we were doing everyday.  We made what was real, REAL all year long.   

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter's Miracle

Because of Christ,

everything that is bright
and beautiful in our lives

has meaning,

and everything that is not,

can be healed

and made bright and beautiful forever...

Monday, April 11, 2011

Loving Life

Life within that laughs at a thousand names
     tried but undecided,
Your motion cadencing with mine.

Nameless, faceless, with only rounded form
to call out your existence.
My bonding did not aimlessly stand by
for face or form or cry,

It erupted with your first dawning.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

5 Loaves & 2 Fishes

Remember the story of Jesus feeding the 5000 - he only had five loaves and two fishes.  (Can you relate!)  I find it remarkable that before he blessed it and fed the multitude, he thanked his Father for it, even though it wasn't enough
There are so many areas in our lives that can qualify as 5 loaves and 2 fishes: financial, relationships, health, etc.  A good starting point is to be grateful for what we do have, even if it is not enough.  This morning I thought, "Ingratitude is the lowest kind of poverty, and gratitude is the highest form of riches."

Then, watch the miracle.