The Love First Blog

For Today: Love Your Neighbor

In the wake of the most recent mass shooting, this time at a nightclub in Thousand Oaks, California, I find myself broken hearted. Again. With no time to heal since the last massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue. Truthfully, I have not been right since Sandy Hook,...

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Love Takes Courage

We’ve been talking a lot about courage in our Sunday school program. Like what it is, what it looks like, and why it’s important. When I asked the children to make a poster with an example of courage, a couple were totally stumped. To those children, I said: “How...

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God just became a ‘she’ in our house

Like most people, God has always been ‘he’ in our house. It’s just what we learned, what feels comfortable, and how we’ve always done it. Every once and awhile we give God the ‘it’ pronoun, but we easily slip back into the male pronoun because….well, just because. But...

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Talking to Children about Death

If you’ve ever spent any time with our family, you might already know this: the Potts kids are super comfortable talking about death. Unsettlingly so, if you ask me. Sam routinely hands me pictures he’s drawn, telling me, “You can keep this. “Until you’re dead.”...

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Celebrations

We Pottses love to celebrate. Whether it’s piano recitals, first or last days of school, finishing a project, cleaning out a closet, catching up on laundry, or finally getting rid of those maternity clothes; you name it, we love to celebrate it. Our celebrations are...

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Who is God for me?

As summer arrives here on Cape Cod, it seems easy to find God. As I write this I'm looking out my window at new buds opening into sunshine and at bright-breasted robins, their heads thoughtfully inclined, divining the soft rumble of worms beneath their feet. Later...

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