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Issue: "Rolling the dice," Aug. 4, 2001

Mama moments

I was thinking about joy in my life as I read "Joy." I have felt it in many moments like Mr. Olasky's baseball game. It could have been a sunset, a song, a mountain view, or a "come-here-a-minute-Mama" moment, just to name a few. That baseball game moment describes the life of one of my sons so perfectly right now. It helped me to understand his ambiguity and strange need, now that he's 21, for solo trips to the ocean. - Judy R. Carlson, Fort Rucker, Ala.


Ann Morse, in her column on Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift's plan to continue working right after bearing twins ("Not so swift," June 30), reminded me that one of the toughest challenges for me as a mother has been giving up my perceived right to do what I want, when I want. The fact is, mothers are the only people in a child's life who can and will make that sacrifice, painful though it may be at times. The practice of self-sacrifice for the good of my children has contributed deeply to my own emotional maturity and well-being, not to mention the benefits to the kids. More women in America need to hear that their time spent at home with children is not potential wasted, but a precious gift to them and society that only a mother can give. - Amy J. Punkay, Baton Rouge, La.

High impact

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Since when have children become merely an accessory to the all-American life? Caring for a home and family is a full-time job in itself. I ought to know; I've watched my mother do it for the last 18 years. I've also experienced firsthand the incredible impact a stay-at-home mother can have on the lives of her children by doing so. - Jennie Radosevich, Kalispell, Mont.

Stand up

Thank you for the article on the 213th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and especially for reporting on the Confessing Church Movement ("Stricken standards," June 30). Like God showing to Elijah the 7,000 in Israel who had not bowed to Baal, He has shown us that many in this denomination have not bowed to the liberal agenda. As of June 28, The Layman Online ( showed nearly 200,000 in 576 congregations pledging support of the CCM. Is that enough to return this 2.4 million member denomination to the God of the Bible? As a member of one of the first three churches in Wisconsin to declare support of the CCM, I see God's Spirit affirming us. However, as with Elijah, most of the resources of our minority effort may be consumed by the attempt. We need wisdom to see God's leading. - Greg Leaman, Oostburg, Wis.

More for Maine milk

Before we toss out the New England Dairy Compact, that "highly regressive tax on milk drinkers," consider this: For many dairy farmers, the dairy compact's price guarantees provide the tiny margin between staying in dairy farming and going out of business ("Consumers get milked," June 30). If the compact disappears, the price of milk may decrease temporarily, but the costs of transporting milk from other states could push the price up again. This Maine family would rather pay a little extra per gallon for Maine milk than end up paying that much more to have milk trucked in. - Mary MacDonald-Murray, Logan Murray, Freeport, Maine

Please, take mine

Mr. Belz's cheery experience in New York reminded me of my only trip there in the 1970s ("The Apple's polished," June 2). New York had always symbolized everything evil to me, but twice in one morning those heartless New Yorkers, as I saw them, insisted on giving up their seats on the subway so that I could sit next to my wife. "Judge not, lest ye be judged" kept coming into my mind for the rest of the trip. - C. Malcolm Powers, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Of course not

If you think Jesus would be so judgmental about everything from movies to politics, keep being as closed-minded and bigoted as ever. When you are unnecessarily judgmental it reflects poorly on Christians and God. But I'm not writing to act as your moral compass. - Emily Tuchel, Graton, Calif.


Peter Wallace, new president and executive producer of The Protestant Hour radio ministry, previously worked with Walk Thru the Bible Ministries for six years. - The Editors

Little-league life lessons

I read "Joy" in the June 30 issue with pleasure, and laughed out loud in blissful reminiscence when Mr. Olasky described the playing of the "Hallelujah Chorus" after Carlton Fisk's homer. As a widowed mother of three, two of whom are very involved in our county's Little League program, I am amazed at how many similarities there are between baseball and the Christian life. I have tried to teach my sons: Take direction; suck it up when you don't like what the coach tells you to do; be a man, not a whiner; trust that the leader knows better than you do; do not whine all the way home in the car, as it is unpleasant for the listeners and degrading for your own soul; trust that God has allowed you to be placed on the dreadful, losing team this year, the same way you never questioned when He had you on the cool, winning team last year. I want my two players to read this article, so they can see that someone besides Mom the Lecturer believes that baseball and God go together. - Renee E. Bush, Winchester, Ky.


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