I work for a great company. They gave us a day off. A day to reflect. A day to reconnect with our community. A day to take a stand against injustice. What do you do with a gift like that?
I know what you are thinking. There is no joy in this. But in trying times, there is also Joy. Stay with me here. I would like to share the Joy of the last couple of weeks. (seriously!)
So it's our 28th anniversary today. If you read my earlier post this week, you know what we are NOT doing together. But as I sit here this morning, my wedding vows came into my head. And was thinking how they look, today with Covid-19 and "Stay In Place/Stay Safe" Order in effect.
I can’t tell you how many times I have said these words. And every time, the best way I can explain it, there is a warmth in my heart when I say it. It was a privilege. It was an honor. He was amazing. Talked to every person, signed every autograph, took every picture. He... Continue Reading →
From my friend Jamie Greening.
This famous quote from Tolkien has been rattling around in my brain for the better part of a week. It squeezed out of my mouth in Sunday’s sermon, perhaps the last sermon for a while as we all hunker down for COVID-19 contingencies. It is one of the better sentiments on crisis one can internalize.
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and 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 us.”
The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 1, Chapter 2
First an observation completely applicable to my thoughts. In the novel, this line comes very early as Gandalf is letting Frodo in on the history and darkness of the ring. The line helps set us…
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Thought this was worth the repost, now more than ever!
My America loves small town parades, festivals and football games.
My America believes respect and love outweigh contempt and hate.
My America believes we are all created equal because it says so in the Bible and the Declaration of Independence.
My America is the bond between mother and daughter, father and son, kids and grandparents.
My America doesn’t let children go hungry, live in poverty or be abused in any way.
My America is proud to be a melting pot of immigrants looking for a better life, a safe place to raise a family and to pursue the “American Dream”.
My America is a boat on a lake, a walk through the forest, a sunset on a beach.
My America uses the bible as a tool, not as a weapon.
My America is Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The USA, Brooks & Dunn’s Only In America and John Mellencamp’s…
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I don't at all. I don't care where "you land" on this issue. I don't want to hear what you think. But I can't stand by quietly.
This has been rolling around my head for a couple of months now. The American Dream. Have we lost sight of it? Do we know what it still looks like? Are WE still fighting for it?