Thanksgiving Blessings

The day before Thanksgiving. And all through the house... the sun streams through the windows, and the trees have revealed their skeletal beauty, along with the mountains beyond. Time is precious. I write this from North Carolina's hills, waiting for more family to drive in, and a little one who is keeping us all in suspense. These days are precious, and I want to bottle them up, knowing we won't all be together again for quite a while. New family knit together with our family. Ben, Dianne (Ben's mom), Seth, Lauren, Ashley, Mark, Toby. And...? Politics and world crises move to the background, and we stand in the midst of what is really important, and build upon what is, toward what will be.

Waiting in an Impatient World

Lately, I keep running across the word "patience." Does this ever happen to you? A word or an idea seems to be everywhere - in your reading, in your conversations, in your interactions with other people. On November 4-5, I helped to lead our annual women's retreat at Geneva Center. This retreat was centered on what trees can teach us about our spiritual lives. One of the points we talked about was that, just as a seedling takes time to grow into a tree, so too our spiritual growth requires time. And time - waiting - requires patience. But we are an impatient people. Waiting is tedious. Recently, I was driving on a county road where the speed limit is 40. The person in the car in front of me

Thoughts from my almanac

Daylight Savings Time is over... finally. So... it is no longer CDT but now CST. For me being an early riser, now when I leave the house before 6:00 a.m. it is light again and I can see where I am going. (We older folks like to operate in the light.) Here in NW Indiana (Central Time) and with my work with Geneva Center in Rochester (Eastern Time) I frequently find myself traveling between these two Time Zones and getting confused easily about when I am supposed to be where at what time. Am I EST or EDT or CST or CDT. Whew!! Life can be complicated, sometimes. Coming fast is the winter solstice. Will this winter be a 'real NW Indiana winter' like our first year back 2013?... or will it b

Lessons from Frodo

Frodo: I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened. Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings I have to admit that I have been on a Lord of the Rings kick lately. I am trying to introduce Tolkien to my boys. It's a great story with subtle symbolism of living a Christian life within its pages. The quote above is rather appropriate during the times that we are living in now. As background, this exchange comes at one of the darkest times of the book. The main protagonist, Frodo, was lamenting about the tough journey th

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