A Thanksgiving Exercise

Last night in a conversation with my teacher daughter (Wow! Age slips on by) we discussed some exercises in thankfulness. I was reminded that the official proclamation for the US to designate and celebrate Thanksgiving Day as a national holiday came during the Civil War. In a time of great loss and suffering there areContinue reading “A Thanksgiving Exercise”

Uncomfortable

We’ve all been there. Family. Friends. Circumstances. Places we’ve been.  Someone says something. Asks a question. Says something that you know will provoke others. And we start to shift a little in our seat.  Someone is wearing something; a rival team’s shirt, a slogan that is provocative, or something out of place. Something that justContinue reading “Uncomfortable”

A Sunday Prayer

Almighty God; you are holy. You are separate, apart from us. You are not tainted by our self-centeredness, our self-promotion, and our self-amusement. Yet, you seek us. You seek to join yourself to us. As we gather today it is our acknowledgement that we need your presence and your provision. You want and walked inContinue reading “A Sunday Prayer”

Jesus’ Faith

Luke 4:1-13, James 2:18-19 God is present. God is enough. For just a few moments let’s consider both of those phrases as we think of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness. In Matthew 4, Mark 1, and Luke 4, we are told of Jesus going to the wilderness alone following his baptism by John. At theContinue reading “Jesus’ Faith”

Traveling Light

Reading through the Gospel of Luke we come upon a story that we’re not quite sure why it exists; the story of Jesus not traveling with his parents and at the age of 12 staying behind in Jerusalem and being found three days later sitting in the Temple courtyard conversing with the religious leaders. DidContinue reading “Traveling Light”

Existence | It’s Not What You Think

For a child of God there is an alternate reality. In that reality our existence is never threatened. This is not because we ‘get to go to Heaven when we die’ but rather because as we live in the existence and reality of God’s presence we experience the Kingdom of God on this earth. ItContinue reading “Existence | It’s Not What You Think”

Time and Introspection

  Monday for our family this week was grocery shopping day. Christy and I met up at Kroger during our lunch break to fill a cart to help keep our children fed. As is normally the case, when I put the groceries away I found opened boxes of different items that had been abandoned overContinue reading “Time and Introspection”