Entries by Andrew Connell

Rooted In Christ

A leisurely walk in nature reveals beautiful plants, seasonal flowers, and sturdy trees.  While our eyes are drawn to the beauty of the colors or the magnitude of the branches high in the air, the source of strength, stability, nourishment, and even protection for plants and trees comes from the root system in the ground […]

Who Rules The World?

In the mid-80’s, the band Tears for Fears released the song “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” one of the biggest hits of the year. For those of us who grew up in the 80’s, we may remember the song and its catchy beat and memorable chorus. However, beyond a chart-topping hit from the 80’s […]

To Whom It May Concern

“Will you be my boy/girlfriend….check Yes or No” “We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted into this University next fall.” “Dear Mom and Dad, I made it through another week behind enemy lines.” Letters….so intimate, so tender.  Whether it’s nervous school kids contacting their first crush or parents pacing the floor […]

Are You Important?

  Do I matter?  Do my efforts serve a purpose? If I was gone, would anybody notice?  Can the miraculous occur in the normal, routine, daily grind of my life? From ungrateful children to students who don’t listen, from bosses who don’t care to the sick who don’t recognize us, it can be really difficult […]

Christmas Gifts: Maybe it’s Better to Receive?

Maybe the mantra “it’s better to give than receive” should be reconsidered, at least partially, because most people are in great need of receiving gifts as well. American culture is crippled with feelings of despair, loneliness, fear, and exhaustion. Academic studies consistently conclude the unhealthy psyche we often operate with. Perhaps the gift-giving component of […]