I thought about my friend Sandee, who would pass peacefully into her own sunset a little over an hour later (probably around sundown in Minnesota), and I thanked God for the continuous witness to the resurrection that we enjoy every single day.
Sunday turned out to be a busy day, with enough adventure material to cover at least three posts. Instead, though, I’ll summarize and share a few photos.
Well, that was a great week. Nicely capped off with the pleasure of taking my grandchildren to church. What completely awesome human beings they are. We are so blessed. At Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, Rebekah preached on “words.” The congregation has been challenged to find three words that best describe … Continue Reading two huge blessings, one grateful heart
We all agreed that it is only through acknowledging our pain, making ourselves vulnerable, and opening up those tender places both to God and to people who love us, that we are able to begin to engage the healing touch of God in a way that is transformational.
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?” “Yes, Lord,” she told him. “I have always believed you are the Messiah, the … Continue Reading live oaks, solid churches, resurrection, and life!
I’ll admit to still owning the “newcomer’s view” of North Carolina. I love everything about this state. And, while I’m still capable of complaining about heat and humidity, at the same time I’m deeply grateful we’ve only been seriously hot for a couple of months – and then it will be … Continue Reading peaches, tomatoes, and other farm-to-table blessings
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. – Psalm 23 Regular readers will be aware of my … Continue Reading tripping over Psalm 23 at six in the morning on a Monday
This week Rebekah and I are here at Stetson University for the school’s annual pastors’ conference. I’ve taken the opportunity to get some serious writing done in the library, but I did join Rebekah for the opening worship service in the beautiful chapel in Elizabeth Hall. Thirty-seven years ago, when … Continue Reading the Lord bless you and keep you…
On the sixth day of Christmas – “Six geese a-laying.” #1: She’s not a goose, she’s a labradoodle. But Scout qualifies because she is the first of six pictures I’m sharing for today’s, “On the Sixth Day of Christmas” entry. Naomi captured the image (above) at the park Saturday. Today … Continue Reading Six images of gratitude for “The Sixth Day of Christmas”
So yesterday evening, while I’m outside raking pine-straw off the driveway in the dark (because Rebekah seriously can’t see any more where the concrete ends and the yard begins…), I get a text message from Naomi that reads: “Ummm, Dad, your grandson wants to Skype with you.” That’s the photograph … Continue Reading “You’re the luckiest guy I know” (joy, peace, blessings, and promise)
May he be like rain falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth (Psalm 72:6) “You heavens above, rain down my righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness flourish with it; I, the LORD, have created it.” … Continue Reading Let it rain (open the floodgates of heaven)
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Today is the 12th day of Christmas. The song repeats the ongoing phrase, “my true-love … Continue Reading pressed down, shaken together, running over…
NOTE: Today’s post is not unmindful of the pain and grief too many parents know (some for long years), and these thoughts are offered in the loving memory of lost children (kids, young people and adults) such as Greg, Geoff, Nicholas, John, the twenty in Newtown………… “On the fourth day … Continue Reading “the fourth day of Christmas…” – middle-aged and still having children!
Monday I was happy to post my first blog entry in six days, and I was also looking forward to sharing our Disney Cruise a few photos at a time. Then, by late evening, it was apparent that the “head cold” I’d picked up on board was really a nasty … Continue Reading knocked out by the flu – but still cruisin’ to Key West