All of my mother’s siblings were great people, but she always had the most cheerful, ready smile. We were blessed. Galatians 5:22-23
The men in my family have a way of shifting from one topic of conversation to another without much advance notice or connecting transitional phrases. Sometimes it can be jarring to the listeners. I recall back in the 70s my brother and I were sitting on the back porch with Dad at their older home, … More Spring cleaning
I once joked to a good (but often cantankerous) friend that when I looked up the word curmudgeon in the dictionary, his picture was there. No one is immune from curmudgeon attitudes, but we all know that we ”youth challenged” (over 50?) folk are more susceptible. We’ve lived through the school of hard knocks long … More Curmudgeon or not to curmudgeon?
A new, New Year’s tradition for us. We usually display or save (at least through the holiday season) the Christmas cards we receive. On or about New Year’s as we’re putting our Christmas decorations away, we take a few moments to pray individually for the people we’ve received cards from. It may take a half … More A New Year’s tradition
Empathy. How will the world know we are Christians? Answer: By our love for our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. (John 13:35) How do we demonstrate our love and obedience to God? Answer: By loving God with all of our hearts, soul, mind and strength. And by loving others as we love ourselves. (Mark … More May I suggest a word for 2022…
One of my early morning tennis buddies shared quietly with me today that his daughter “took her own life” over the holiday. How sad and tragic. I don’t know too much of the background other than she was in her 30s, and he’s still in shock, processing the reality of it. His name is Paul, a really nice guy. … More Despair and hope
Train up a child in the way they should go; even when they are old they will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). My parents gave me my first Bible when I was 8 years old. It was one of the best gifts I have ever received. I was blessed. If not you, who will … More Teen and youth Christmas gift idea
To my Christian shipmates… Wishing you a meaningful and reflective day in remembrance of our fallen and disabled veterans and shipmates, and recollections of our own sacrifices (and those of our families) in service of defending our nation’s freedoms. As I sit here drinking a cup of coffee from my VP-30 coffee mug (reserved for days such as this), I … More Have a blessed Veteran’s Day!
…But you can trust the word of God. Matthew 24:35