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Reflections

All Will Be Well

“All Will Be Well” God speaks to us in many different ways. Some prominent ways are through Jesus, the prophets, Scripture, nature and people. He also speaks in more subtle ways such as a poem, a song or a beautiful piece of art. God will use a book or just a line from a book […]

Sea Glass for Nancy

“Sea Glass For Nancy” The Lavallette beach opened for the first time this week. We heard about it yesterday and late this afternoon we took our first walk on the beach. It was beautiful and the weather was perfect for a nice, late afternoon walk along the shore line. There were a few people scattered […]

Markers

“Markers” I am losing track of time. I get confused during the week as to what day it is. I can’t remember if we started this quarantine 4 weeks ago..or was it 5…maybe 6. Did it start in 2019? Seriously, its going on two months and it feels like a year. And I couldn’t wait […]

I Miss Sports

“I Miss Sports” I really miss sports. O.K., there, I said it. Boy, do I feel better. I have been holding it in and just trying to suppress it. Trying to act like it doesn’t bother me all that much. Trying to convince myself that now I have more time to read…to study…to do projects […]

Two Pictures

“Two Pictures” In 1893 Norwegian Expressionist artist Edward Munch painted what has become known as The Scream. it is a painting of a sexless figure in a state of terror surrounding by a sky that is on fire as he/she stands paralyzed on a bridge over a fjord. One day, as he was walking with […]

Isaiah 53

Who has believed our message     and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot,     and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,     nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, […]

Philippians 4:11-13

There is a phrase that came out of Silicon Valley a number of years ago credited to Max Ventilla who was experimenting with micro schools for a San Francisco based education – technology firm: “We’re kind of flying the plane while we’re building it.” Now building a plane while you are flying it is the last thing […]

Reflections from 3/28

We are one full week into our quarantine since we have been back from Israel. It is an odd thing to not be interacting with people face to face. I did appreciate the Zoom Prayer Service we had on Wednesday night because at least we were able to see each other and have actual dialogue. […]

Lord Willing

Back in September of 2018 Susan and I were in the midst of our Sabbatical. We had just visited our son in Texas and drove from there to St. Joseph Missouri, from Missouri to Chicago, from Chicago to Ohio and from Ohio back home. In a car with no air conditioning. It was 106 degrees […]

“That Peaceful, Easy, Feeling”

I prefer “easy”. I prefer “peaceful.” If I had my way, life would be easy and peaceful. I prefer: No worries. No heartache. No stress. No frustration. No anger. No brokenness, hurt, sorry, pain or loss. I prefer: Laughter over tears. Smiles over frowns. Sunshine over rain. Unity over division. Love over hatred. Friendship over […]