Entries by Michael Downs

Thanks Will Suffice

My three-year-old son offered to lead us in grace before dinner recently. “Daddy, I don’t want to do the God and angels part… I just want to say ‘thank you.’” And so he began. “Thanks for the food. Thanks for the water. Thanks for my sister Clara.”

Breaking the Bad News

As parents, we cannot control when bad news will strike close to our family’s doorstep.  Nor can we control how our children will react.  But we do have some say in how the hardships of life are explained, not to mention how our family will respond to those who are affected. My three-year-old son is […]

The Slow Work

Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages.  We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. And yet it is the law of all progress that it is […]