If I didn’t call my future father-in-law a redneck the first time I met him, I know I thought it. It was over 30 years ago and I had flown to Alabama to meet Terri’s dad and that side of the family. Almost from the start of our time that week Gerrard would find things to talk about things that pushed my buttons. About halfway through that week I thought I was marrying into what I perceived to be one of the most racist families in the South.Continue reading “The Passing”
On the same day, July 17, 2020, two giants passed from the bonds of this earth.Continue reading “The Passing of Two Giants”
Some of his sayings:
Never let yesterday use up too much of today.
The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.
Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.
Never miss a good chance to shut up.
We are less than three weeks from a huge change in our lives. Our house is sold, the movers are scheduled, and we are wrapping up our time in Minneapolis.
I am walking through my “lasts” in these final weeks. Continue reading “The question of “what next””
There are those moments in time where we may wonder, “Does God see us? Is he paying attention?” Maybe it’s more like, “What in the world is he doing?” Continue reading “The refreshing conversations in our lives”
The weather is amazing… finally. It means a couple of things.
1. People are really in a good mood today!
2. It also means the end of the semester for me as adjunct faculty. This year I am finding is a bit tougher. I know quite a few students who are graduating. It is rewarding in that I know so many.
It is also bittersweet. There are several I have mentored over the past couple of years and the realization is they are headed out.
What a reward. They have added to my life. I am so thankful for the time we’ve had together. I pray for God’s best in their lives.
A great pastor in our fellowship went home to be with the Lord last night. Mark Denyes was founding pastor of Emmanuel Christian Center in the Twin Cities and a great man of prayer.
He lived as a great example of a pastor for thousands. For me, he was an example of a man of prayer.
He is no longer homesick for a place he’s never been. He is now home.
7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (II Tim. 4:7, NIV)
Today is Tuesday, but it’s acting very “Monday,” in that way we don’t like Monday.
But it is no matter, because it is always incredible to catch the small blessings along the way. My new old beater car didn’t start this morning and I was running late. I ran to catch the bus up to the church, trying to reschedule my day in my head. This was a day I needed a vehicle and things were now getting stretched in time because of transportation.
Thinking through this day and mumbling short prayers for help, I found myself also thanking the Lord for these opportunities. One reason I like the bus is it’s a way to slow down. I have to pause.
The pause was well worth it. When I was close to my stop, I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned around and saw a man I deeply admire as a church musician. He and I have done some work together for Good Friday services in our community and I deeply admire his talent and his heart for God. He greeted me and we had a great, though brief, conversation. The pleasure of knowing this man and seeing him on a day that wasn’t starting so well immediately lifted me up.
Without a lousy car, I would have missed this brief, uplifting encounter.
Watch for blessings throughout your day!