Kaelyn's Korner

Weekly column by Kaelyn Pfenning

Parks

Parks are great places to get away from the day-to-day stresses of life.

Often free, these green spaces provide exercise, beauty and relaxation from the worries of home and work.

We have started a summer series on area parks based on the idea provided by my handsome, clever husband Brad.

Showing appreciation

It is so important to appreciate what we have been given.

Any time, what we have—including loved ones—could be taken from us in many different ways.

With Father’s Day this weekend, I am thankful for my dad and Brad’s dad, who have both wrestled with health issues this year.

Fallen heroes

We often put people on pedestals—whether they deserve it or not.

Some have earned our trust through sound teaching or leading by example while others have won our affections through fame or fortune.

Yet, heroes fall in many different ways.

In memory

Brad and I celebrated Memorial Day with family Monday.

We visited Brad’s family along with his aunt and uncle and my parents.

Sharing grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, we reflected on the sacrifice of those soldiers who have given everything for us to be able to gather in freedom.

Persevering

I had an opportunity last Thursday night to participate in a local school event.

Seniors at Greer Middle College Charter High School presented their final projects and internships before a panel of judges.

I was one of four judges in a room where four seniors presented.

Community

We are made to live in community.

As I was growing up, my family moved a lot, so I tended to make good friends quickly but not keep in touch well after moving.

A part of my heart remains in Africa, Vermont, and India.

Reflections

This time of year is often one of festivals, graduations and joyous occasions.

Yet, for some, joy has been turned into tears and dreams have been dashed by horrendous acts of evil or traffic accidents.

The shooting last week at the University of North Carolina Charlotte struck a bit close to home.

Marvel

Since marrying my husband Brad just over two years ago, I have learned a lot about the world of comics.

This past year, we re-watched all of the Avenger movies in preparation for last week’s release of “End Game.”

Brad and I purchased our tickets ahead of time and arrived half an hour early.

Easter

Easter is one of my favorite holidays.

We have victory over sin and death by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Saturday night, Brad and I drove to Simpsonville.

Our church holds a Question and Answer at one of the local downtown coffee shops for those interested in learning about the Bible.

Jesus is alive!

Hope is found in the truth of this statement: Jesus is alive!

Paul the Apostle says in 1 Corinthians 15:12, “Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?”

Paul, formerly Saul, at first persecuted followers of Jesus.

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