A Storm Is Coming

Susanne and I are about to experience our first Hurricane.  We have followed the advice of friends and neighbors. We have our hurricane preparedness box: flashlights, batteries, water, hand-crank radio, power packs for our electronics, non-perishable food, and other necessities.  I have lived in different parts of the country, and every area has weather situations.  Tornadoes happen quickly with significant damage and little warning. Blizzards can bring most everything to…

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The Unknown Bundle

In my formative years, our pastors implored us publicly and privately to commit our “unknown bundle” to the Lord.  Here is how I came to understand what they were saying. You can give yourself, your past, present, and future, to the Lord, but mostly what you give to the Lord falls into the “unknown” category.  We have no idea what the future holds for us, and we imagine it will…

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Retirement: Forced to Face Reality

  I am not learning so much about retirement as I am learning things about myself.  Perhaps, not learning more like becoming painfully aware!  When the decision was made to retire, and for us, this involved moving to a new state, I knew a painful process was coming.  In Florida, there are no basements, and the attic is so hot much of the year that storing things there is similar…

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Reflecting: Two Months into Retirement

Today Susanne and I will take our first trip since we have retired.  We are leaving this afternoon and flying to the state of Maine.  We will be staying with our friends; this will be our third trip to the state in the last four years.  I officiate a wedding as well as  preach on Sunday morning in Gardner, Maine. My official retirement date was June 17.  We have spent…

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I Have Nothing except….

There is a story in the Bible about a widow approaching the prophet Elisha, pouring out her heartbreaking story: “The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the LORD. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.” (2 Kings 4:1)  Her husband has died, leaving…

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Who Are You?

Recently I had to do that thing which is dreaded.  When you retire and move to another state, you must declare residency and get a new driver’s license.  Getting your cars registered in the new state is also a process.  I have spent a few moments the last few days gathering all the documents that prove who I am: birth certificate, social security card, passport, financial statements, mail from utility…

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He Leads Me

I read a quote from A. W. Tozer: “God leads us, does not drive us.”  The psalmist also says, “He leads me beside quiet waters.”  Yet I notice that in verse two, he also states, “He makes me lie down in green pastures.”  Are there times when the leading seems like forcing or driving?   The Psalm starts with the Lord is my Shepherd I lack or want nothing.  In…

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It Only Takes A Spark…

In the sub-division where Susanne and I live, a pastor lives down the street from us, and we decided to go to her church on Sunday.  The sanctuary had tables and chairs, and we sat at a table with a gentleman who was quite friendly. We chatted for a few moments before the service began.  As I glanced at the bulletin, I noticed that since it was the 5th Sunday,…

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People, Places and Memories

We have finally arrived at our intended destination.  The place we will be calling home: Florida.  We will be spending the summers and holidays back in the midwest.  While visiting with some friends last week, I saw this statement: “The best things in life–the people—the places—the memories we’ve made.”  Allow me a moment to make a spiritual observation: if it were not for the Lord transforming my life, the people,…

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Gratitude As A Way Of Life

These are challenging days for most, if not, in fact, all!  Challenges come in all sizes and shapes.  Folks experience spiritual, financial, emotional, relational, and health difficulties, to name just a few.  Discouragement and disagreement seem nearly viruslike.  Just watch the news, or give a cursory glance at social media, and you will discover many are unhappy and it is all someone else’s fault. Indeed I know I have contributed…

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