Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Monday, September 28, 2020
My forearms have matching, stinging, scratches on them—each about 4 inches long. My wrists show signs of abrasions just below the line of the gloves that I was wearing. Generally my hands are a bit sore and so making a fist causes some ‘cracking’ of my knuckles as the tension is released. Finally, I have a strange rash that has grown between most of my fingers. Before it was seeping and oozing, now it is dry at scratched up. Blood blisters surround some of them.
Thursday, September 24, 2020
So as you know from ready yesterday’s post, Emma took the ‘knowledge’ portion of her driver's test. She said that she felt confident in the test and was ready for it. The line moved easily and we headed in. But sadly, she did not pass the examination. The test ’tripped’ her up on a couple questions so we left the DMV without a driver’s permit and with a sad 16 year-old. Emma’s spirit was a bit bruised. She thought that she knew what she needed, but did not. We rode home in silence. Her head faced the window. It is painful as a parent to witness your child fail at something that they are excited about—even something as minor as a driver’s knowledge test. For them its a big deal, and so it should be treated as such.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
This morning as I was finishing getting ready to come to the office, I watched an interesting scene unfold that I want to share with you.
Monday, September 21, 2020
Today as I sip my morning vanilla-Carmel tea that Jennifer bought me, I had a thought. . . She knows of my affinity for tea. So when she is at the store, and sees a flavor that sounds appealing to her, she buys it for me. It is a lovely blessing to find a new, unexpected, box of tea on the counter waiting for me. As I sip that tea, my mind is lingering on the idea of gratitude. Each sip making me feel blessed as I remembered what I wanted to share with you.
Thursday, September 17, 2020
I want to tell you how my morning began. . . The alarm on my phone went off an hour later than it should have. While that was troublesome, it did not signal the start to a frustratingly-difficult morning. Instead, Jennifer and I attacked the morning as we normally might. . . but just a bit faster. And we made it! After she went off to work, I settled into my normal morning routine.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
As you know from personal experience, we interpret the Scriptures through our own eyes first. That is part of the universal nature of God’s word. It applies to all of us regardless of where we find ourselves as Christians each day. So to that end, I was reading Luke 7:31-35 today as part of my morning quiet time with God. Remembering that as I read the Bible, my eyes provide the first interpretation of what I am reading.
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
What a beautiful morning God gave us today! The beauty of the blue sky, when combined with the wet grass that Luna ran through as she ran to chase her stick with water spraying behind her, and the crispness of the air combined to make me feel very blessed today. I enjoyed taking an ‘extra’ lap around the church just so that I could enjoy today a little bit more. But as I walked I was in two mental places. . . The first was happiness as Luna ‘huffed’ and ‘grunted’ while chasing her stick. It was not going to get away from her! She was in doggie-heaven as we walked in the yard.
I encourage you to extend them, and yourself, a degree of empathy today. We are all worn down by these decisions, and we don’t want to make them anymore. We are tired of covid and what it requires of us. But as part of the body of Christ, we have the answer to this slight momentary affiliation, and it is an answer grounded in presence and empathy. Their pain can touch our hearts. And as it touches our hearts, we can find that we are together in this struggle.
Monday, September 14, 2020
I wonder, have you ever began a day, or a week, wondering what God planned for you in the immediate future? And ask you ask that question, no immediate answer comes to mind; instead a certain blankness seems to occupy that space.
I kept walking and enjoyed just being with God on Hope Road and then onto Plains Church. Nothing else was accomplished outside of a good walk that helped me stretch my legs back out as I prepared for the morning. Maybe the answer to that initial question about what God has planned for you is that God wants to just be with you. Maybe that is enough today. Maybe the list of tasks, the to-do list, the stressors at work and home, which are all important, can take a step to the side so that God has room to be with you?
Friday, September 11, 2020
As I was walking Luna this morning I had an interesting conversation that I wanted to share with you (No. . . not with Luna. She may be cute, but I haven’t heard her talk yet). We were a little over 2 miles into our regular Friday walk and it had gone well. Her excited energy, which manifests itself at the beginning of the walk in jumps and runs, was gone. Now she walked just a few steps in front of me, stopping every so often to look back and make sure I was still there.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
This morning, I was thinking about an encounter that I had yesterday afternoon. . . Before CNS welcomed new students into the building on Wednesday, the playground needed some attention. That very playground is something that many of our preschool parents and kids love. I have been told that it has even been the deciding factor in some families choosing to send their child to school here.
So, as we get ready for the new year, the weeds need that have taken up residence, need to be cleaned up and sprayed. It is not a terribly hard job, but one that requires diligence. So after Rich and I talked about it, I volunteered to spray the playground because I have some extra weed killer in the garage. Rich said that he would put up the sign and we were all set.
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
As I wanted Emma walk down the driveway toward our mailbox, I sighed and ’shushed’ the dogs as they pleaded with her to come back. She hasn’t done this since March!!
Thursday, September 3, 2020
What happens when we feel disappointed?
As I reflected on that disappointment story that was shared with me, my hope for both of these people was that their relationship with continue progress, continue to grow in a Godly manner. I know that it might be a bit of a challenge in some circumstances for these two, but if Tabor is correct, and I think that she is, then this is an opportunity for each of these two to be strengthened, intensified, and grow together. It is not going to be easy all of the time moving forward, but if they do so in Christ, and in bounds of friendship, then I believe that their disappointment can be resolved in much they same way our disappointment moments can be navigated through.
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
"Let me start with gratitude: The world is broken in ten thousand places. Can I be thankful for the brokenness? How else can I learn to love the broken world?"
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
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