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The Helium God John 15:9-17

The Helium God

On this special day, we're reminded of God's "hand on the string."

At a Glance

We've heard of helicopter parents. What about helium parents? The parenting approach is quite different. Far from hovering over and around a child, the "helium" parent is more like a person holding a balloon. Read on.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's Acts text, see "Logos and Logos," May 25, 2003, at

"I just checked in on [my daughter] in school via the webcam. There was a little girl sitting in the corner, by herself, with her head down. I watched my daughter get up from the group she was playing with, and walk over to check on the little girl. [She] talked to her for a minute, gave her a hug, then took her over to the big group of kids, and encouraged her to play with everyone. If that's not a 'Proud Mommy Moment,' I don't know what is. My gosh, I am so in love with this girl of mine!"

So writes an enthusiastic young mother on Facebook, brimming with justifiable pride in her preschooler's love of neighbor. Her...

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