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“Playing with blocks help children develop their vocabularies, improves math skills, and even teaches them about gravity, balance, and geometry. … Building is all about size, shape, weight, leverage, and balance, and as your child works this out, their building and block play will become more and more complex.
Last week I mentioned that the trial of Officer Derek Chauvin is now under way. Charged with 2nd degree unintentional murder, 2nd degree manslaughter & 3rd degree murder for George Floyd’s death in May 2020. The frightening misuse of force and power has brought many people to their feet in protest.
The trial of Officer Derek Chauvin is now under way. Charged with 2nd degree unintentional murder, 2nd degree manslaughter & 3rd degree murder for Floyd’s death in May 2020. Unlike sensational trials of the past for people like the Marathon bomber who reeked terror 8 years ago this month, there is no death sentence penalty on the table for these charges. And yet the frightening misuse of force and power has brought many people to their feet in protest.
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb.
When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me.
During Lent we have been praying for healing in our broken human condition. We have considered how Jesus worked miracles of healing and resurrection in the lives of the people he interacted with and what that can mean for our spiritual, emotional and physical lives as we pass the one year mark in a global pandemic which has driven a wedge in the precious practices of community and left us feeling depressed and isolated just when we want to be held.
When we want to bless people we often think about bestowing the wish that they might be or become Healthy, Wealthy and Wise. What is valuable in life: Our Health, Our Resources and Our ability to make wise choices.
In the 21st century the metaphor of yoked oxen is far from our personal experience. It is an agricultural image. In many cultures oxen are used for plowing, for pulling carts, and hauling wagons, for threshing grain by trampling, and for powering machines that grind grain or supply irrigation among other purposes.