Children are encouraged from early childhood to elementary school to middle school to high school to do a good job. Then we encourage them to go to college or trade school and beyond. This is largely in preparation to have a good and successful 30, 40 or 590 years of employment.
The news broadcasts and daily papers have had plenty of painful reports lately. Sunday's Pioneer Press showed the picture of the man who killed the 16-year-old Harding High School girl. He had a bad history of speeding and driving without a drivers license.
Tom Erie graduated from North St. Paul High School in 1969. It was my privilege to teach him in biology and coach him in track and cross county when he was in ninth grade. Tom was a very determined competitor. After high school he ran track and cross country at Bemidji State University.
The word "Rapture" is used by many Christians. It refers to the time when Christ will come back to take His people to heaven. This word is not used in the Bible. It was probably brought into end times vocabulary during the 17th century.
Recently I finished reading a book entitled "Prophetic Turning Points" by Dr. David Jeremiah. It contains 12 chapters based on 12 sermons that he preached in his church. He is pastor of The Shadow Mountain community church, a large church in California.
What are the top five needs in my life? Each of us could share or exchange our needs with five other people or organizations. We can care for one another directly or indirectly. Many opportunities present themselves with people that we don't even know.
The Benedictine Center, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood, is offering an ecumenical day of renewal geared to the needs of lay ministers, ordained ministers, parish staff members and others who serve their churches and faith communities full time or on a volunteer basis.
During the 70s and 80s some savings and loan financial companies paid 15 percent interest on CDs. Some home mortgage rates reached 18 percent interest. Most of the loan payment went for interest. The point is this. We want to pay as little for interest and as much on the principal as possible.
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra will present a free concert at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Road; Mahtomedi, on Thursday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available by calling the SPCO ticket office at 651-291-1144. Call Diane Nash at 651-762-9141 for more information.
Men wanting to integrate contemplative prayer into their busy lives will find support in a men's contemplative spirituality group that meets on the fourth Monday of every month. The next gathering is May 28, at the Benedictine Center, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood.