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Friday Roundup: Read This

submitted July 26, 2013 by Matthew Ellis   |   comments

Each week, we will highlight stories from our newfeed on Prismatic. No account is required to see what we think is worth reading, so visit our profile often! We update it daily so there is usually something new to check out. Here is a sample of what we liked this week:

Prayer at the Funeral of Someone Who Committed Suicide via Huffington Post
No prayers are adequate. In truth, there are no words for such a situation. And so we -- clergy, friends, and loved ones -- usually think, "What am I supposed to say?" Because there is no such prayer in my prayer book for this situation, I composed the following out of desperation. After all, prayers are the words we say when we have no words.

Fathering With Intentionality: The Importance of Creating a Family Culture via The Art of Manliness
I want to create a close-knit, fun-loving family and raise children with upstanding character. So I’ve asked the parents of the families I admire what their “secret” is to creating such a tight family bond. They all pretty much say the same thing: They’re intentional about creating and fostering a positive family culture.

Earth and all stars via Episcopal Cafe
Our Psalm today is a reminder that joyful noise is just as important as being still and knowing God--it's more about finding the balance of the two than it is choosing one over the other. In fact, it's probably sinful to keep some of deafening awesome-ness of God quiet and to ourselves.

Team Red Cross: New Mobile App to Volunteer on Emergency Responses via Headlines & Global News
A new mobile volunteer app called Team Red Cross was recently launched to give people an easier way to extend help during emergencies and also learn valuable skills in giving an emergency response. Through this app, users can sign up to volunteer, get the gist of the basic tasks required, receive alerts and notifications whenever an opportunity to volunteer comes up, and earn badges as reward for every skill they have acquired.

How Much Water Should You Drink Every Day? via WebMD
The easiest way to know if you’re drinking enough fluid is to look at the color of your urine. If you’re drinking enough water, your urine will be clear or pale yellow. A darker yellow means you aren’t drinking enough water.

The Obamacare Plot Twist via The Atlantic
It will demonstrate that collective action is not just desirable for optimal collective outcomes; it is essential. Fight all you want to prevent laws you dislike from passing; work all you wish to amend laws that have passed; but once those laws exist and have been validated, work together to implement them. Sounds oddly naïve in today's jaded world, but it's the only way forward.