Fired by love's urgent longings, I am his rocketman.
Who Is Helping Whom?

Who Is Helping Whom?

On the way home from work Friday night, I stopped for a man struggling with his suitcase and the other things he was carrying. I noticed him out of the corner of my eye as I was driving along talking on my cell phone. I asked him if he could use a ride and he said, "Yes". He put his bag and other stuff in the back seat and sat down in the passenger seat next to me. He hand me directions to the hotel he was looking for as I finished my telephone conversation.[Continue Reading]

Brook by the Wayside

Brook by the Wayside

You sit at the right hand of the Father and he is making your enemies your footstool.  He sends forth your mighty scepter from Zion and you rule in the midst of your foes.  While pursuing your enemies, you drink from the brook by the wayside and lift up your head.  ( See Psalm 110:1,6)[Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes (5/24/13)

7 Quick Takes (5/24/13)

Welcome to my new readers! I've just launched this redesigned blog on WordPress and decided to join up with Jennifer Fulwiler's 7 Quick Takes as a way to get to know other bloggers. I'm looking forward to sharing more with you about my family and the unique community in which we live.[Continue Reading]

Awake O Sleeper

Awake O Sleeper

Imagine, Jesus, the Son, the Word, with the Father, volunteering to become like you and me; choosing to leave heaven and come to earth.  Think about it. Jesus, though in the form of God, did not count equality with God something to be grasped (and held onto), but [he] emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.  (Philippians 2:6-8)[Continue Reading]

Love Is Stronger Than Death

Love Is Stronger Than Death

Last week, my wife, Sarah and my daughter Shea and I were in Tempe, Arizona visiting Anna Kate (oldest daughter), her husband Ray, our one and only grandson, Emmett and Lucia (our middle daughter who is temporarily helping out with childcare).  We were there for just under a week and had a great time together. As the hour for leaving approached, in usual fashion, I began to partially unravel inside.  It started with a few tears, privately at first, and then for the whole world to see.  No matter what I try, I cannot seem to help myself.  I am a grown man, yet I cry like a baby whenever it comes time to say goodbye. I began this practice of falling apart early in adulthood, each time I would visit and leave my now deceased Dad, who lived in Washington State.  I tried to prepare for leaving and gave myself pep talks to avoid the tears; however, that rarely produced the results I desired.  I should have known then what it would be like to leave my own children and, now, grandchild. People tell me it’s a gift.  I think I have a general idea of what they mean.…[Continue Reading]

Fruit

Fruit

I have been thinking about the life we are offered in Christ.  The scriptures are full of the promises of God which invite us to live an exalted and abundant life in him.  In particular, I have been meditating on the passage from the Gospel of John, where Jesus refers to himself as the vine and us as the branches. Abide in me, and I in you … He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing … If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you … As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.  These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.  (John 15: If I dwell in him, He will dwell in me.  If I live in him, He will live in me.  If I…[Continue Reading]

Happy Birthday Grandpa

Happy Birthday Grandpa

       Today is Grandpa’s birthday.  He is 76 years old according to the way we keep track of time.  But Grandpa no longer cares about time the way we do.  He is now with Christ. He folded his tent for the last time on April 20, just under a year ago.  He is now clothed in Christ; he traded his lowly body for one more suitable to heaven. I am not yet ready for heaven, but every once in a while, I catch a glimpse, my heart leaps in my chest and I want to fly away.  Oh! if we only knew, earth couldn’t hold us; we would bound like children, high on joy, to be with Jesus, and the best Daddy ever. At Dennis’ passing I wrote a little bit about what he meant to me and others.  It’s been almost a year since his passing and I wonder how we have managed with out him.  Certainly, we knew him in different ways and his physical absence has left its mark in ways that are very personal to each of us. I will share some of my thoughts about my father-in-law as we are all thinking about…[Continue Reading]

Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek

I woke up very early this morning — that happens to me from time to time; more and more I find myself awake when other people are asleep.  So I got out of bed, made some coffee, let the dogs out, started a fire, fed the dogs and then settled in for a winter morning spot of prayer.  As I was going through my routine pre-prayer chores, I found myself anticipating my time with Him, even more than usual. I know why.  I knew I had ample time — there would be no need to rush — no sense of hurry.  I would be able to linger in his unseen presence.  That’s especially why I like to pray on Saturdays and Sundays.  The feeling that I won’t have to break it off too soon, somehow makes it better.  Even if my prayer isn’t particularly good, still it’s nice to have the extra time and the heightened expectation that maybe, just maybe, something special might happen. Perhaps you know what I am describing.  I have tasted the goodness of the Lord and I want more, always more.  Like Edmund, in Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, once you have…[Continue Reading]

Rush Hour

Rush Hour

Last week I had business in Atlanta and Chattanooga.  I had a meeting in the morning, in north Atlanta, with a witness, to prepare for an upcoming trial.  Afterward, I had a meeting with another witness in Chattanooga.  Late in the day, I returned to Atlanta to track down a third witness. When I got back to the north side of Atlanta, I called the remaining witness to see if I could come by his house to meet with him.  As it turns out, it was not possible for me to meet with him in person, but I spoke with him by phone for about forty-five minutes. Meanwhile, my daughter Shea, was en route from Columbus to Augusta.  When I finished interviewing the third witness, I called Shea to see how far along she was on her trip home.  Providentially Shea, who was approaching Atlanta from the south, was about the same distance away as I was from the north. So I suggested that we meet at a restaurant on the east side of Atlanta.  Both of us had to pass through late afternoon, early evening rush hour traffic.  Even though we came from different directions, along with hundreds of…[Continue Reading]

Three Things To Do For Lent

Three Things To Do For Lent

JUMPING FOR JOY Ahhh, Lent is finally here.  You know it’s my favorite time of the year, well not exactly.  I have already gone on record that Christmas is my favorite.  But, I suppose this year, I am looking forward to Lent, sort of. Here are some thoughts I typically associate with Lent. “Remember O man that you are dust and unto dust you shall return”  (See why it’s such an exciting time of he year!) “Even now”, declares the Lord, “Return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” (Joel 2:12) “Return … to the Lord your God … I will heal [your] waywardness and love [you] freely, for my anger has turned away from [you]”.  (Hosea 14:1,4) Generally, I think most of us, in one form or another, think of Lent as a solemn time where we give up things for God.  We don’t always see the connection between our sacrifice and God’s happiness, but we have at least a vague sense that they go together. So typically, every Lent as we approach Ash Wednesday, we ask one another, “what are you giving up for Lent?” But not this year; nope not this year;…[Continue Reading]