“…from whom all blessings flow.” (and then some!)


Having grandchildren in the house is great fun; but MaulHaul looks like a Toys-R-Us truck just backed up to the front door and emptied its entire load in the living room! Other collateral damage includes the inability to dedicate more than the occasional random minute to writing.

So this morning I’ll post a short series of picture stories, followed by some additional images after my sign-off.

IMG_32074 GENERATIONS: I’ll start with the four-generation standard. Rebekah kindly captured the image (right), just moments before I drove my parents to the airport. They’re cruising out of Miami later today and will make landfall at Dover at the end of next week.

My mum was delighted that David remembered her, and that he was happy to take her hand for a neighborhood walk. The best, of course, was sitting in church as an extended family Sunday morning. What a joy!

Beks swinging!

PLAY, PLAY, PLAY! Living in a neighborhood where there’s a park literally 150-yards from our front door is priceless. The swings and the slide are exactly the right size, while still leaving some challenges to fit David’s need for adventure.

Both children have the sweetest of spirits; they are full with joy and they have such tender hearts. Sometimes, watching them play is a window into the unfettered delight for life we were all created to experience. “For to such as these,” Jesus said, “belongs the kingdom…”

IMG_3217LOVE, LOVE, LOVE: The other day I made a joke about the fact that David answered, “Grandmama!” when Naomi asked him who they would see in Wake Forest. “What about the guy who just spent 12-days with you?” I said.

But of course it gives me nothing but joy to see how much he loves Rebekah; and she him. David is a huge fan of stories, and Rebekah is the best storyteller ever. Books, family lore, tall tales – she dishes them out and David just soaks it all in.

This is The Greatest Story Ever Told, and it’s a story that we’re living out loud, together. It’s a great story, a story that Rebekah and I have dedicated our lives to sharing, a story we love to invite other people to learn and to live.

IMG_3169-002WFPC: Which brings us back to church again, and the unfolding story that is Wake Forest Presbyterian. This last picture is just a small slice of Sunday morning; but it speaks to the vitality, the vibrancy, the intergenerational demographic, and the genuine passion that this community of faith is communicating via every aspect of our life together.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise God all creatures here below; Praise God above you heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Amen – DEREK




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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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