International Day of Happiness

Jul01

Featurette: The Little Kite Runner

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Photo by Krista Law

It was one of those Chamber of Commerce  autumn days in Colorado – the kind that makes you know God loves you so much to allow you to live here.  The skies were crystal blue and there was a slight chill in the air.  The park near our house had a big open field and I thought it might be perfect to try out the new kite my 4 year old son had gotten from his Dad.  So I bundled up my son and his 2 ½ year old sister and we headed to the park, a short walk from our house. 

Having arrived with everything , I proceeded to explain to my son that he had to run real fast so the wind would catch the kite and the it would lift it high in the air.  The work of running had to be done first to get it to catch on the air.  This required help so after watching him try so hard to create the lift, I began running beside him and letting the tension of the string loose at the right time.

Finally, the kite caught on the air and up it went into the heavens, circling and dipping on the air currents.  A little thing brought such great joy to the little boy.

The perfect day was even better as we 3 watched the kite sail.  With a little persuasion from me, he even relinquished the string long enough to allow his little sister to hold it.

It’s funny how certain times stick in your brain and bring a smile to your face, 34 years later.  As I watched him continue to hold the end of the string and look with wonder at the kite caught on the breeze, God brought a thought to my mind.  My little boy was the kite, I was the string holding on to the kite, and God was the wind that lifted it into the air.  It was very necessary for God to hold my little boy up, to help him grow into a good man.  Running alongside him that day, I realized we were a team, God, me and the little boy.  What a joyful thought!

Psalm 127:3:  Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.

Submitted by LaRue Fleming

Mar23

Sunday Specials

*Sunday Specials are a weekly round-up of happenings on the web-o-sphere. So enjoy your coffee while checking out what’s caught our attention. 

2014 International Day of Happiness

Did everyone realize that the 2nd Annual International Day of Happiness was this past week?! The Gauthier household started the day with the infectious Happy song by Pharrell busting through our speakers. How can anyone resist the urge to dance while listening to that song? I dare you to try. Or better yet, go watch the first ever 24 hour music video.

Speak Fear, Praying Shalom by Osheta Moore

Osheta Moore’s honest reflections on both her fear and her desire for a shalom that irradicates the US and THEM dichotomy is incredibly moving.

So I write my friends with blogs and I confess that as a black mama with Stand Your Ground Laws picking off our children one by one—I’m terrified of ‘them’. I invite them to write prayers as we stand together for God’s wholeness in the brokenness the justice system. We are white women and black, American and Canadian, young and old, urban and suburban and my fear will no longer perpetuate ‘us’ and ‘them’. ~Osheta Moore

She references the poem below in her post so I thought I’d share it here as well.


Why I Love Thursday Nights by Shauna Niequist

I recently read Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist. It was perfect bathtime reading material that catered to my love for food and desire for community. This post on her blog gives you just a taste of her appreciation for what happens around the table.

As the months go by, as we build this little tribe week by week, hour by hour around the table, I find myself bubbling with joy in anticipation of Thursday evenings. I love planning the recipes, prepping the food. I set the table in the afternoon, and I pray by name for each person that will gather around our table later that night. I’m rarely “in charge” of the discussion or study that happens after dinner, but the table is my contribution, and it’s one that I love. ~Shauna Niequist

A Few Thought Provoking Posts on the Passing of Fred Phelps:

Fred Phelps is Dead and I’m Grateful by Emily Timbol
Fred Phelps’ Death Isn’t a Cause for Celebration by Brandon W. Peach

Soul Pancake

I love Soul Pancake (producers of Kid President) and a video they posted this week fits nicely in with our pondering upon wholeness vs. perfectionism.

 

Divergent

I know I’m a little late to the game here…but I just started reading Divergent by Veronica Roth. My hope is to finish it quickly so I can see the movie while it’s still in theaters. Not surprisingly, it was number one at the box office this past week. I’ll do my own book review and subsequent movie review in the coming weeks!

 

What’s Happening in Russia?

I try to keep up with world news in an effort to hold in my mind the reality that I am a part of a larger narrative and moment in time. Slate has been generating some interesting articles related to what is currently going on Russia:
Crimea is Putin’s Revenge by Masha Gessen
Russia Will Never Be Like Us by Anne Applebaum

What captured your attention around the web-o-sphere this week?