Have a Blessed 2013!
Loving God, Loving Neighbor
Developing Faithful Leaders for a Diverse Church and World Now and in the Future
If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea. . . . Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father in heaven.’ Matthew 18:6, 10This type of violence does not solve problems. It creates greater problems and leaves behind shattered lives.We all suffer. We all lose.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' (Matthew 22:37-39)www.youtheology.org
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At the core, they long for the safety and freedom of childhood and have no clear vision concerning what adulthood will be like. As a result of the abandonment they have faced throughout their lives, most midadolescents carry inside them a powerful defense mechanism that keeps them running as fast and as hard as they can. They know no other way to cope with life. The quicker they move, the less vulnerable they are to ridicule, critique, or even examination. Midadolescents know they must put on a mask of confidence, even arrogance, or they will be chewed up by those who would find them out. May we, the adults who love and care for them not be fooled. They are busy, yes, and stressed, but they want someone to demonstrate in word and action, "You matter to me" (Clark 2011, 140).