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Thanksgiving Day

25 Nov

A quiet morning at my parents before the house awakes.  Thinking and reading before the chaos begins.

I’m in the process of revamping the blog and will detail those changes soon.

In the meantime I’m preparing my heart for Christmas by rereading the Gospels and maybe digging into the Messianic prophecies of the old testament.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving.


A Time for Choosing

27 Oct

Delivered on this day in 1964.

As relevant today as it was then. Perhaps moreso.

Soon I Will Be Done…

26 Oct

Mahalia Jackson
October 26, 1911 – January 27, 1972

When the Oceans Rise and Thunders Roar

21 Oct

Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
~ Psalm 46:10

My lunchtime walks down to the Richmond Canal Walk are therapeutic.

The exercise is good since I’m currently in that season where getting to the gym is not a matter of committment, but a matter of time. It’s great that it’s open 24-hours. But I’m not inclined to give up another two hours of sleep, especially since these days I’m lucky to get five hours.

When the weather is good and my work day permits, I walk from my office down to Brown’s Island and back. In addition to the exercise, it gives me time to clear the cobwebs from my mind.

On days like today, it also gives me the chance to be still. I don’t do that very often. Certainly not often enough. Even when I’m “relaxing” at home, I’m at the computer answering emails, writing blog posts, editing the magazine and the television is going in the background just to allow me to keep up with the news.

I find myself struggling to find that quiet time, alone with myself. More importantly, alone with God.

When the morning is rushed, the bills are due, the child is sick, the wife is heading out of town and I just don’t know how I’ll get through the day, just the very act of getting away is a reminder that I need to be still.

I’m a worrier. Always have been. It’s genetic. I’m constantly playing out scenarios in my head that if this happens, then I can do that. But, more often and not I find myself at the point of not being able to figure it out. And that’s frustrating.

So on my walks like today, at least when I’m listening, the Lord says to me “How many times do I have to tell you that I’ve got this?” Not in so many words. But yes, the reassurance is there that God is in control. And I know that, while He doesn’t work things out the way I’d plan them, He’s never failed us. Never. In times of sickness, or money trouble or family crisis He’s always been there. My problem is that I’m just not quiet enough to recognize that.

Today was one of those days. Walking down the steps of my building I said “Lord, I know I haven’t been spending enough time with you.”

Here’s His answer:

Hide me now
Under Your wings
Cover me
Within Your mighty hand

When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with You above the storm
Father you are King over the flood
I will be still and know You are God

Find rest my soul
In Christ alone
Know His power
In quietness and trust

When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with You above the storm
Father You are king over the flood
I will be still and know You are God

Still, Hillsong United

Shhhh! Let’s keep it down…

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

15 Oct

“In His hand are the depths of the earth”

14 Oct

Not widely mentioned in the media reports of the Chilean miner rescue are the t-shirts all were wearing.  On the back were the words of Pssalm 95:4

“In His hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to Him.”

The t-shirts were a gift from Campus Crusade for Christ Chile and were provided at the request of miner Jose Henriquez.  A letter from Henriquez said that “We have prayer services at 12 noon and 6 pm.”

The front of the shirt simply says “¡Gracias, señor!” or “Thank you, Lord!”

The story behind the Chilean miners’ Jesus T-Shirts
CNN Belief Blog

2 Timothy 2:11-13

4 Oct

Here is a trustworthy saying:
If we died with Him, we will also live with Him;
if we endure, we will also reign with Him.
If we disown Him, He will also disown us;
if we are faithless, He will remain faithful,
for He cannot disown Himself. (NIV)

President Obama needs to go back to Schoolhouse Rock

20 Sep

In a speech to Congressional Hispanic Caucus on September 15 the President omitted the words “by their Creator” from the opening paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence.

Perhaps the President needs a little review:

Or perhaps, as my friend marfdrat asserts…it was deliberate.

It just seems like a good day to hear Vestal sing this…

2 Sep

Kathryn, Mel (Gibson) & Me

27 Aug

Kathryn Lopez has written a beautiful piece about Mel Gibson, mercy and grace.

It’s a proud culture that thinks that the next Christian politician who is revealed to be less than perfect is shocking news. It’s a culture that simply doesn’t get Christianity. We believe because we yearn and struggle and beg to be better. But we always fall short, in our various ways.

Read more at The National Catholic Register.