Stories and storytelling are important in families—bedtime stories, bible stories, family stories. It is a way of teaching our family history from one generation to the next. I am sure you all bring images to mind of story time—cuddling with little ones or remembering when you were little, the warmth of sharing stories.
I learned to love the earth from my mother. She is geographer by training and a climatologist by profession. We would spend days at the cottage marching over the Canadian shield marveling at its billion year-old age. Mom would point to a pine branch and say, “What’s its name, Kath?” I would count the needles and respond, “red pine!” Mom would point to a white vein in the rock and say, “that’s quarts!” She would point to the clouds and explain what they tell us about weather.
During my days as a seminary student at my theological field education (TFE) placement, I sought out to know all that I would need to know to become a minister one day. What does it take to be a great pastor? I wondered.
My family failed Lent this year. Or did we? We had decided to participate in 40 Acts of Generosity for the second year in a row—40 days of giving back, doing good, and living generously (www.40acts.org.uk). I was so proudRead more