7 months ago
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
This week, our son Nelson lost a neighborhood buddy in a tragic accident. At 14, Pat was "too young to die". Yet he's gone.
At the same time, my dad is continuing his recovery from open heart surgery. Doing well at age 70, all things considered. So thankful; especially in light of Pat.
These things send our minds in a thousand directions. We hug our kids a little closer. We say our "I love yous" a little more freely. We resolve to let the unimportant things pass a little easier. To value each day a little more.
We realize we are all watching and waiting; for the return of something lost. But while we wait, we must live. With hope.
Friday, September 9, 2011
I don't really know what kind of sky Elihu meant when he challenged Job and his friends with this and several other questions that illustrated how far above men God really is. But I do love the sky. A canvas always changing, always declaring His glory.
Monday, September 5, 2011
How can we apply this today? When passionate voices cry out for one cause or the other. Our Southern friends of the past, driven to preserve a way of life, used methods and "moral undergirding" that threatened and ultimately led to secession and war. Lincoln never blinked in his resolve to preserve the union, believing that only together do we solve the great problems of the day. And that the very founding principles of democracy were threatened if secession could ever be the answer to the challenges of any particular era. No, the principles are validated when a people stay together and work those challenges out; however long it takes or however difficult.
I'm with Lincoln. Because, by the way, he was with the One who said, "A house divided cannot stand..." And He wasn't speaking of democracy, I shouldn't think.