"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names can never hurt me." Such is the rhyme we learned in grade school when someone called us a name or used words against us. Our parents were teaching us how to resist the power of hurtful words; they hurt only if we let them hurt. To a degree, this rhyme is true. What other people think of us doesn't necessarily have any value unless we invest it with value. We can choose to ignore the ignorance of others. But we also recognize that this rhyme is not true. Names and words can hurt. They can wound deeply.
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.