My response to the sad news of Queen Elizabeth’s passing..

Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2 - Queen Elizabeth II For the record, I am an American citizen and have been since 1985. According to the UK, however, I am still a subject of Her Majesty, The Queen. Or I was until she …

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Raising Children – One Grandparent’s Point of View

“Then the king will reply to them, ‘I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.’" Matthew 25:40 - Geoffrey at 21-months Today provides one of those opportunities for an essay in response to just one photograph. …

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Retirement Planning, Shifting our Center of Gravity, and “Being Rich Toward God”

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’  “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:20-21 Being "retired" is an interesting phenomenon. Especially when it …

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We have to stand in the light, or we will never bloom (gardening and church)

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of …

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Beyond Fun to Joy, not mere Eating but Feasting…

And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.” Revelation 19:9 - Old Town Alexandria I likely have two posts today. So be forewarned! First, I have more photos from the DC …

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Everyone seems to be missing the point: another “facepalm Jesus” column

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion for them because they were troubled and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:36 So I failed - at least three times - trying to navigate one of those "follow these easy steps to make a meme" website. But I do at least have the …

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It’s the Simple Gifts (so many smiles for photo Friday)

Devotion to God is, in fact, a way for people to be very rich, but only if it makes them satisfied with what they have. When we came into the world, we brought nothing. And when we die, we can take nothing out. So, if we have food and clothes, we will be satisfied with that. 1 …

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“They have ears but cannot hear” (what I learned at the audiology office)

They have ears but cannot hear,    and mouths but cannot breathe. Psalm 135:17 Then he said, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” Mark 4:9 To whom can I give warning?    Who will listen when I speak?Their ears are closed,    and they cannot hear.They scorn the word of the Lord.    They don’t want to listen at all. Jeremiah 6:10 …

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You keep using that word (Christian). I do not think it means what you think it means.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 In this age of texts, emails, Covid, social distancing, online shopping, GrubHub, "contactless" delivery, social media, and "virtual" everything, one of …

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Another splash of new life (at hashtag “Derek & Rebekah go to church”)

Behold, I am doing a new thing;    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?I will make a way in the wilderness    and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19 - at St. Giles this Sunday It's been a while since I last penned any updates in the "Derek & Rebekah go to Church" series. We are …

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