In the movie, Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal, a preacher's daughter, finds herself
in a new community when her dad accepts a call. It is a lonely place, not only for Opal,
but for many of the other residents as well. One night as Opal lies in bed, she prays for
help. Instead of praying selfishly for her dad to move back to her former town, or for
toys, Opal prays simply for a friend. And a friend she gets, in the form of a stray dog
whom she names Winn-Dixie. This dog and the friendship that grows between Opal and
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.