Today, while I was teaching my sixth grade Sunday School class, one of my students asked me why it is that there is so much evil in the world. I responded that to a large degree it was because we all want what we want and all too often none of us are willing to compromise or defer to the other people's desires. To which one of my students responded that he had never quite thought about it like that before.
After church and Sunday School, I was invited to spend the rest of the day with the family of one of my brothers. Two of my nieces rode with me; the youngest one busily entertained me with her storytelling. For dinner, my brother made delicious cheeseburgers on his outdoor grill and in the evening his wife made yummy blueberry pancakes.
After dinner, we played croquet on their front lawn. It's amazing sometimes what people like us will find interesting. Here my oldest niece holding up with a stick what I believe to be some kind of old, dried tree blossoms clumped on the end of the stick.
Here's a picture from when we were playing Rummykub - a numbers game.
After playing Rummykub, we played Parcheesi till the sun came out.
When the sun came out, we went for a walk. Here we are hiking underneath an old bridge.
It's near bedtime and my youngest niece is busy telling a story from this book page by page. It's cute how she makes up the story as she goes along.
Just before I leave, my nieces get their bedtime Bible story book. And I read them a story. Their dad then gathers the two oldest around the piano to sing a hymn or two while he plays the piano.
AMERICA 2017: With My Family
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