Holiness in our midst – Session 8


What words so inform your daily life that you might inscribe them on your doorpost or hang them on your wall?

Some examples:

  • My great Uncle Alfred and Aunt Wilma Kruschwitz of Grundy Center, Iowa had a plaque on their living room wall, quoting Joshua 24:15: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” They lived these words, and the generations that have followed also abide by them.

  • My brother-in-law Bill and my sister Janet Sparks have a framed copy of Desiderata on a bedroom wall. Gives them perspective, they say. (If you aren’t familiar with this writing, look it up in its entirety: “Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence.”)

  • On my kitchen wall is a saying: “Gardens and families need tended every day.” It reminds me to pay particular attention to the tasks at hand.

One family’s saying stands out, because it was actually inscribed on a gold plate on the door between their kitchen and dining room. Norbert and the late Martha Kash of Colo, Iowa read these words each day: “Bread is the staff of life. That, however, is no reason for this staff to be one big loaf.” I smiled the first time I read them, as I’m sure their many friends, family members and bed-and-breakfast guests did through the years. The words recall the line in the Lord’s prayer: “Give us this day our daily bread.”

What words do you and your family members live by?


STORY CIRCLE QUESTION: What words are visible on the walls of your home each day? Why did you choose them?


  1. Read the above reflection aloud.

  2. Write a journal reflection on the words that you live by.


  1. Read aloud Session VIII.

  2. Ask each person to answer the Story Circle Question.

  3. If time allows, ask if there is an intergenerational connection to anyone’s words chosen.