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It Is All About Grief

As I’ve been watching This Is Us, this thought keeps going through my head: It’s all about grief. The writer, Don Fogelman, has even been quoted as saying that he is surprised by how many people cry when they watch the show. From the very beginning, he would show the pilot to people and turn… Continue reading It Is All About Grief

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Why Is Jack Pearson so Appealing? part two

In addition to being able to easily attune to people (and the big three are pretty good at this, too) Jack is also great with eye contact. Eye contact is crucial to relational connection, especially for babies whose brains grow and develop as their mothers look into their eyes and coo at them. Sadly most… Continue reading Why Is Jack Pearson so Appealing? part two

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Why Did Randall Have A Nervous Breakdown?

One of my board members recently suggested I start watching This is Us, the television drama about a surprisingly relational family. She offered to help me get started by binge watching it with me during a snowstorm. I am loving this show. The show focuses on the interactions between the members of a nuclear family—mom,… Continue reading Why Did Randall Have A Nervous Breakdown?

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GO TELL YOUR NEIGHBOR . . . “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.”     Moses, Exodus 4:13 (NIV) If you feel weak, limited, ordinary, you are the best material through which God can work. Henry T. Blackaby and Claude V. King, Experiencing God The last conversation I'd had with my neighbor, Frank, had… Continue reading

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David and Goliath

David and Goliath: I Samuel 17:1-37 1.In this passage it says “Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified. Have you ever felt that way? 2.How did David see Goliath? 3.How did David’s older brother see him? Have you ever had a family member tear you down? How did you respond? 4.How did David’s… Continue reading David and Goliath