The Art of Relocating – Part Four

Lay aside immaturity, and live, and walk in the way of insight. (v. 6) Moving on can be exciting. Exploring the new place can be fun. Meeting new people and making new friends can be rewarding and stimulating. However, this comes with the cost of letting go of past connections, which can be painful and confusing. I recently followed a Facebook post about the confusing relationship between pastors who once served a congregation, those parishioners, […]

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The Art of Relocating – Part Three

Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away. (Proverbs 27:10a) Having a loving extended family nearby is one of life’s greatest treasures. I often wonder how many of the senseless cruelties people inflict on others might not have happened if the evil-doer had had more experience with extended, loving family earlier in life. However, moving often means leaving the extended biological family far behind. In such cases it is […]

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The Art of Relocating – Part Two

By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. (Ps. 137:1) The current popular Pixar movie Inside Out gets it right. Moving is hard. It’s hard for everyone, but it can be especially difficult for some children. Children who are more inclined toward introversion than extroversion tend to make a few very close friends, and struggle to mix and mingle with large groups of children. Being the new kid […]

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The Art of Relocating – Part One

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (Hebrews 13:2). 1979. Another year, another move. This one was move number three since our then grade-school age daughters had been born; if we didn’t count the six-week layover in an apartment waiting to sell one house and close on another. This move was into a grand old home. We were the first new people to move into it in […]

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Make New Friends

Now the Lord said to Abram (Abraham), “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other gold.” We sang this song at the end of every Girl […]

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