The Sunday routine has been drastically altered.
I have enjoyed gathering with friends and acquaintances to talk, sing, learn and seek collective inspiration on a weekly basis most all of my adult life. As recently as 3 months ago, I would have thought the absence of this social routine would have left a great void in my life. While I do look forward to reuniting in with the Church for church, it is different now – more like the way I look forward to a coming concert or sporting event. The anticipation is exciting and the event will be great…
…once, and probably on some infrequent occasions. Continue reading ““I like TV church, Pops” – Penelope”
Commonplace activities morph into lifetime memories when experienced alongside the wonder of a child.
I have been called a lot of names through the years. My forever favorite is “dad” or any variation thereof. Stacey and I have 3 wonderful children. I have loved every phase of their lives. As of late, my role has changed from caregiver to counselor. They are magnificent humans seeking to live life well. I am so proud of who they have become.
Over the last couple of years a new name has surfaced for me – “pops”. Continue reading ““Wanna Dance?””
I came across a quote today. It comes at a time in life when I have trouble looking to the future with faith. All my past experiences lead me to understand that God is faithful in all things and that He desires to prosper me and my family to His glory. This review of personal history should provide ultimate confidence in the steps I am taking. However, I find myself lying sleepless with fear of future failure.
When the past becomes more glorious than the future, we’ve got a problem.
– Greg DePriest Continue reading “Thoughts on Fear and the Future”
This flow of life is why our Semi-Religious, Capitalistic Socialist, Confused Democratic Republic Monarchy has sustained so well. Continue reading “Should the U.S. raise the minimum wage?”
How is it that people who are quite obviously eaten up with Pride can say they believe in God and appear to themselves very religious?
– C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity)
I fear I have become and continue in becoming the object of whom this question is posed. I acknowledge this to be the essence of my depravity. It’s not that I think so highly of myself directly. I do, however, hold every thing, every effort, every attempt, every one up to the standard by which I measure expectations of myself. This continual comparison brings focus to the difference between each where I falsely assume my own approach to be the better of the two. So, while I may not hold myself in high esteem, I continually find that I am looking down on others.
This is not a conscious decision, which is all the more frightful in that it has become a part of who I am. I wish it were not so. I ask forgiveness. I work to be better. I achieve a moment of empathy where I truly see something for what it is, beautiful and glorious. I sense this to be a hint of humility. I am pleased with this growth in my nature – I take pride in my humility, now one step further from where I so desire to be.
God forgive me. Aid me in the transformation I so believe you have begun in me that I resist with such unintended veracity.