Thought Provokers

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These Thought Provokers may help you meditate the Gospel for this Sunday: John 17:11-19

I think that what children in the United States desperately need is a moral purpose, and a lot of our children here aren’t getting that. They’re getting parents who are very concerned about getting them into the right colleges, buying the best clothing for them, giving them an opportunity to live in neighborhoods where they’ll lead fine and affluent lives and where they can be given the best toys, go on interesting vacations, and all sorts of things….
Parents work very hard these days, and they’re acquiring things that they feel are important for their children. And yet vastly more important things are not happening. They’re not spending time with their children, at least not very much.

Robert Coles, psychiatrist and author

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I have never felt that football built character.
That is done by parents and church.
You give us a boy with character and we will give you back a man.
You give us a character–and we will give him right back to you.

John McKay, football coach

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We take care of our possessions for our children.
But of the children themselves we take no care at all.
What an absurdity is this!
Form the soul of thy son aright,
And all the rest will be added hereafter.

St. John Chrysostom
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If you wish your children to be Christians
You must really take the trouble to be Christians yourselves.
Those are the only terms upon which the home will work the gracious miracle.

President Woodrow Wilson
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I see children as kites. You spend a lifetime trying to get them off the ground. You run with them until you’re both breathless–they crash–they hit the rooftop–you patch and comfort, adjust and teach. You watch them lifted by the wind and assure them that someday they’ll fly. Finally they are airborne: they need more string and you keep letting it out. But with each twist of the ball of twine, there is a sadness that goes with joy. The kite becomes more distant, and you know it won’t be long before that beautiful creature will snap the lifeline that binds you together and will soar as it is meant to soar, free and alone.
Only then do you know that you did your job.

Erma Bombeck

About Daniel Mochamps

Church Planter, Anglican Diocese in New England (Anglican Church in North America).
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