Children

Where Deep Gladness and the World’s Deep Hunger Meet

The first day of a new job can bring a myriad of emotions – excitement, nervousness, trepidation. You put on your best first-impression outfit and show up early, ready to learn about your new responsibilities. The first day at this…

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Feeling Orphaned with Kelley Nikondeha

Kelley Nikondeha’s new book Adopted: The Sacrament of Belonging in a Fractured World is partly her personal experience (she is both an adopted child, and a mother to two adopted children), partly her thoughtful study of adoption in Scripture, and…

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Privilege, Blessing, and Others

Six years ago my wife and I had the choice before us of where to send our oldest son to school. Our neighborhood public school had been in a state of constant flux for years as administrators and teachers moved…

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The Awkwardness of Being a Long-Distance Aunt

With an armful of children’s books and DVD’s, I make my way through the glass library door. I feel awkward as I carry these items, as foreign to me as the rocks on Mars. I feel like I should explain…

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The Girl in the Pink Dress

“Both my parents are dead,” she said with her smiling voice, “they died from AIDS.” “Oh,” the man replied. “That must have been hard for you.” “It’s okay. I don’t have AIDS.”   The man paused and I listened more…

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A Wide Gate for Kids on the Margins

Drive past our house in downtown Atlanta on a Saturday evening this fall to find a predictable scene. Our backyard brimming with teenage neighbors, the projector screen pulled down, and UGA football playing loud against the backdrop of brilliant blue…

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Other People’s Kids

In the days before my daughter started elementary school, I was sometimes overwhelmed with the social aspects of parenting. I needed to be alone with my thoughts from time to time, but my daughter was constantly dragging me back to…

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Memory as the Best Education

“I don’t want to pitch, coach. I’m no good.”   This summer I coached an inner-city baseball team for 4th and 5th graders. The goal of this league is to allow kids to learn some baseball skills, try all the…

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Not So Scared

In May of my senior year of college, on a Thursday to be precise, I was supposed to be studying for final exams with my friend Alison. I had no interest in higher education, because this was the night of…

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Interacting with Kids as a Single Person

A few years ago, I was privileged to meet an amazing woman named Virginia. She was in her nineties, but still lived alone and drove her own car. She had remained single over the course of her life; she had…

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