My wife, Norma Jean, likes to watch Hallmark movies. I suppose I’ve developed a bit of fondness for them as well. Currently, we’re watching their annual Christmas series.
When the movie begins with friction between the two lead male and female characters, I always turn to Norma and say, “Well, we know how this is going to end.” Even if one of them has a current boyfriend or girlfriend, something will happen to reveal this person was wrong for them. And the newfound love or in some cases, a rekindled relationship from High School is their true love. Continue reading →
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
These familiar words, often seen on plaques, were written by the American theologian, Richard Niebuhr, and is commonly known as “The Serenity Prayer.” They speak to challenges we all face in life. But the ability to properly deal with our ever changing and often unexpected circumstances hinges on wisdom. Continue reading →
In the past week Norma Jean and I have traveled from the Smoky Mountains to North Dakota. We’re on the way to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. And then to Glacier National Park. There we will wait to see if and when the US-Canadian border opens.
We spent last night in Medora, just outside Theodore Roosevelt National Park. And plan to tour it today. Continue reading →
“If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans,” is an old aphorism often attributed to Woody Allen. But’s it probably older than Allen. Its origins may be from an old Yiddish proverb.
This morning as we’re preparing to check-out of the house we’re renting in Temple Terrace, I recalled when we arrived we were going to attend the Florida College Lectures. Then a student contracting the measles forced the school to cancel lectures. Something unheard of. Plans altered. Continue reading →
It’s the time of year when we hear meteorologists repeat those words that strike fear in our hearts: “the cone of uncertainty.” It means a hurricane is brewing in the ocean and headed toward the US coast.
We’ve lived in Florida and know about the “cone of uncertainty.” We’ve experienced it first hand. We’ve seen people overreact as a result. And we’ve also seen people ignore hurricane warnings because of the “cone of uncertainty” and fail to properly prepare. Continue reading →
For the past several months, we have enjoyed visiting new places, traveling to different countries, worshiping with the brethren, and sharing the Word whenever we can.
These opportunities have allowed us to revel in the beauty of God’s creation. Experience tasty food. And learn about the customs of local people. Costa Rica has been no exception.
One of the terms we learned this week from our new friend and guide, Edgar, is the local expression “Pura Vida” (pronounced poo-rah vee-dah). Literally translated it means “simple life” or “pure life.” In Costa Rica, we’re learning it’s more than a saying–it’s a way of life. Continue reading →
This morning as I awake enjoying my coffee in the comfort and safety of a friend’s home in Missouri, many are facing what is being described as a “monster storm” in hurricane Florence.
Winds are battering the coastal cities of North Carolina and torrential rains are expected to cause “catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding” according to authorities and news reports.
Even though Florence has been downgraded to a category 1 hurricane, officials are bracing for the worse as winds extend 80 miles from the center and tropical force winds to 195 miles. Continue reading →
There’s an old Yiddish expression when translated goes like this: “Man plans. God laughs.
I don’t know if God was laughing yesterday. I know I wasn’t. But my plans for the day abruptly changed.
In yesterday’s post, I wrote about a lesson that I was going to present at the Charlestown Road church in New Albany, Indiana. This lesson was prepared. The powerpoint completed. My sermons note sent. And, of course, my plane ticket purchased and boarding pass printed.
I awoke before 5:00 AM, quickly dressed and left for the airport. The traffic was light. There were no long lines in security. There was plenty of time for coffee and breakfast at Tim Horton’s. Continue reading →