Our God rules over hills, valleys and plains. Up in Minnesota, congregations sing of valleys so thick with corn that they laugh and sing. Every year, Pioneer Valley folks in Western Massachusetts celebrate “Giving Valley Days.” The same thing happens in the Roanoke Valley of Virginia; and in the Silicon Valley of Santa Clara and San Francisco.
By the time you read this the election will be over and we will have elected a new President. This campaign for president has been the most negative of any that I can remember. And I fear that no matter who wins the election, our country will remain very divided. It will take many people working together to bring about healing and restore hope in the future of our country.
“Hope” is a word that we use often without really thinking about the depth of its meaning. For example, “I hope it does not rain for the Thanksgiving parade.” A deeper meaning is “I hope they find a cure for cancer soon.”
Purses, handbags and awesome munchies with desserts were presented to everyone who entered the Advent Lutheran Center. Some were curious about the changes made by Lutheran Ministries of Mercy and others were women looking for just the right gift for themselves or others on their holiday list.
The LSS Toledo Office Building reflects the same image of all of our offices in other regions where we serve throughout Northwest Ohio. We strive to be an exemplary agency of behavioral health and human care and safe, secure facilities where we can welcome and can provide the best evidence based services for our clients.
With all these 90+ degree hot and humid days, I am anxiously awaiting the fall weather! As I write this, I am thinking about the horrific violence that has happened in our country and the world these past few weeks – the young men killed in Minnesota and Baton Rouge, the five police officers gunned down in Dallas and three more in Baton Rouge, and the 84 people killed in France by the man driving a truck down the promenade after their Bastille Day celebration. This follows previous attacks in France, Belgium and a night club in Florida.