7 Layer Dip

  1. On the heels of the senseless attacks in England recently, I told my husband, “I never want to find these kinds of acts of brutality a normal occurrence.”

2. Rejoicing with the Warmbier family that their son Otto has been returned to them. Grieving for the suffering he endured.

3. A Call for R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

A baseball field in our (USA) nation’s capital. A Congressional game played between Republicans and Democrats to raise money for charity, since 1909, set for June 15.

A deranged gunman. Shots fired. Several injured. A life ended.

Vitriol and rhetoric. Pointing fingers.

In the wake of this horrific event, my prayer is for Americans to stand united so we don’t fall divided.

An online book review at www.challies.com (Challies, March 8, 2008) for The Case for Civility by Os Guinness states:

No question today is more urgent than this one:

How do we live with our deepest differences–and especially our religious and ideological differences?

Guinness answers:

A civil public square is one in which everyone–peoples of all faiths, whether religious or naturalistic–are equally free to enter and engage public life on the basis of their faiths, as a matter of ‘free exercise’ and as dictatd by their own reason and conscience; but always (emphasis mine) within the double framework first of the Constitution, and second, of a freely and mutually agreed covenant or common vision for the common good (emphasis mine) of what each person understands to be just and free for everyone else, and therefore the duties involved in living with the deep differences of others.

He goes on to say:

True tolerance–one that understands and affirms there must be differences. It does not seek to eradicate differences, but instead seeks to respect despite differences.

4. Freedoms.

Norman Rockwell paintings

  • Freedom of Speech
  • Freedom of Worship
  • Freedom from Want
  • Freedom from Fear

5. Looking for good anywhere I can find it!

6. Because you take the time to walk with me on these “footpaths,” I strive to encourage, educate, and entertain you. To somehow offer rejuvenation through uplifting (if at times hard!) conversation so we can keep trekking down this road of life.

7. Healer of Souls

I’m a wife. A mom. A Nana. A relative. A friend. A neighbor. A writer.

Like you, I long for peace in a broken, mind-bruising, off-kilter world.

I find it in Jesus (John 14:27). And you can, too.

As we part, I’d like to leave you with the lyrics from the band, Switchfoot:

“Ain’t we all just running/Aiming for that something/Ain’t we all just limping down the road?/ I want more than just a crutch to lean on/Yeah, I’m looking for that freedom…

So let’s go there…

To the Healer of Souls.”






Author: Glenda Zylinski

Glenda Zylinski lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband Paul. They have two grown sons and two grandchildren.

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