Thursday, December 08, 2016
The second tree is one that I saw on a recent hiking trip deep in the Pacific Northwest. I believe that it not only strengthens the case for Bigfoot, but shows that even he slows down at this time of the year and takes time to show some Christmas spirit.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Thursday, November 24, 2016
As I was reading today, I suddenly remembered a scene from many, many years ago. I was a very young newlywed. It was Halloween, and a friend of mine had invited me to a small dinner party at the home of a friend of hers. It would be a small and casual gathering. I went with my friend, and as the host was introducing me to the other guests, I recognized one of the guests as a guy I had known in our church's high school group. I hadn't seen him in years, but I remembered the kindness he had always shown me in high school, so I was very happy to see him again. Upon hearing that I went to church, the host loudly ridiculed me and my faith. My high school friend, who had long since abandoned the church and her teachings, came to my defense. He showed me that evening that despite abandoning his faith in God, he had not abandoned the virtue of kindness. I was so thankful for him that night, and I am still thankful that he stood up for me at that most awkward scene, when I came to a dinner party for laughter and fun, and found myself the target of ridicule and humiliation in the home of a stranger. I am thankful for the virtue of kindness, wherever and whenever it is shown, by whoever it is shown, and I pray that kindness will grow and flourish in the world.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Of the many passages that I've been meditating on, I want to share this: Esther 4:14. Queen Esther finds herself in an unexpected and difficult situation. She asks her Uncle Mordecai for advise, and he gives her his advise and ends by saying to her, "Who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?" My position is not royal, but it is unexpected and difficult . . . it's a sticky situation, to say the least; but God, being all-seeing and knowing the future, put me in this position. Good came from the way Esther handled herself and her situation. I pray for a similar outcome. I pray that, with God's wisdom and mercy, the way I handle myself in this situation will result in good for many.
Monday, November 21, 2016
Monday, November 14, 2016
Monday, October 31, 2016
I find myself in deep water, sometimes barely able to tread the surface. I have just ordered several books promising help and hope for the particular circumstances in which I find myself. A friend who was comforting and counseling me about these circumstances said that I would learn a lot about myself through this ordeal. She was right. I have learned that I really try and prepare myself for the future by doing my best to collect stories of how other people swam through the same waters that I am in right now. I am hoping these books will help me stay afloat, maybe even learn to navigate the waters well and swim with grace and confidence.