Category: Advent 2016

There might be a problem with my expectations.

The words in Genesis catch my attention. When Lamech had lived 182 years, he fathered a son and called his name Noah, saying, “Out of the ground <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-135J" data-link="(J)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>that the Lord has… Continue Reading “There might be a problem with my expectations.”

What in the world?

What is this world coming to… I said it in fun after the staff lunch. A joke in response to some challenge we were facing. It’s no joke really, because when I look at this world without my rose colored glasses I wonder…what in… Continue Reading “What in the world?”

I’ve been singing it for weeks now…

Every morning since the beginning of Advent I wake up and have the same song playing through my mind…Love came down at Christmas…. I’ll admit its not my favorite Christmas song. Why this song when there are so many I could be singing? Why… Continue Reading “I’ve been singing it for weeks now…”

The cure for the hurry during Advent.

We’re sitting at the lunch table on Friday talking about Christmas. Some of the presents have been purchased, most of the decorations have been hung with care, and I was feeling pretty good about the holiday rush. Until I sat down for lunch and… Continue Reading “The cure for the hurry during Advent.”

When you realize you’re approaching faith as a how-to and not a Who-to.

You know those toys you have to put together for the tiny tots at Christmas? The ones with lots of pieces and the step by step manual in several languages. Call me weird, but I love them. I embrace the challenge of putting together… Continue Reading “When you realize you’re approaching faith as a how-to and not a Who-to.”

Count your blessings.

Abraham. Called to leave his country, all he knew to go to an unknown place.  Abraham. Blessed to be the father of God’s people. Daniel. Highly esteemed by God. (Daniel 10: 19) Zechariah. God heard his prayer and blessed him with a son. (Luke… Continue Reading “Count your blessings.”

What I mostly try to avoid and the attitude revealed in it.

Those that know me understand I am far from what they call a “Type A” personality. I like to fly by the seat of my pants and plan just far enough in advance to keep me going. Today those I work with laugh at… Continue Reading “What I mostly try to avoid and the attitude revealed in it.”

Migration Moments

We head north on the annual Thanksgiving trip to celebrate the holiday with family. Some years we steer off course to stop in a little town sitting in the middle of rice farms, but its not your typical farming community. It lies where all… Continue Reading “Migration Moments”

Love came down…

Just imagine with me for a moment. God creating earth and atmosphere, sea creatures and wings taking first flight. Five days is all it took and then something a bit different took place. Let us make man in our image after our likeness…–Gen. 1:26… Continue Reading “Love came down…”

Stumps…shoots…and the waiting

They sit in the space between my home and the one my parent’s live in…once tall, stately beings reaching high into the sky. We trim weeds growing around them, but that’s about it. They offer no shade, no home for nesting birds, no fallen… Continue Reading “Stumps…shoots…and the waiting”