Saturday, April 10, 2021
Friday, April 09, 2021
Yup, that's a Bible verse in Luke 6:30. Pretty intense huh? I can already hear you saying "but what about......"
I've struggled with this verse many times in my life, particularly when living in Mexico where there were always so many folks who were asking. Beggars on every corner, small children, single moms, homeless and distraught, asking for a few pesos.
I've also struggled with it as a clergy spouse when we are asked as a church or as a couple to give to someone who needs a hotel night's stay or a ride somewhere. Many times we knew that there was a chance that we were being scammed but we gave anyway.
I struggle with it now whenever a CarePortal request doesn't go quite as planned because I want resources to go to people who will be able to move forward in their lives because of the gift.
But I have realized in all these situations that I might be missing the point. What if the verse was nothing to do with the recipient and everything to do with the giver?
What if the point is that God wants us to give because he wants us to get the blessing that comes from obedience, regardless of whether or not the recipient will do what we want them to do with the gift.
Thoughts to ponder on a Friday.
Thursday, April 08, 2021
Just a short thought to share with you today.
Wednesday, April 07, 2021
This happened yesterday. Bart's car. Nobody injured.
He feels fine today though the experience was traumatic.
We have insurance and have a rental to drive for a while.
Everyone is safe. Cars can be replaced... or repaired .... or fixed.
He's the best and any thought of losing him makes panic rise in my throat. And we're only 57.
Wonder how married couples live into their 80s and 90s wondering when they have to say goodbye?
Tuesday, April 06, 2021
When I was in high school I had to drive a car that looked a lot like this except it was older and uglier. By the time we got it it was at least 15 years old It wasn’t quite as ugly as the rusty royal blue station wagon that it replaced, but harder to drive because it was a three speed with a clutch. And before you say that I should have been lucky to have a car, please realize that the one vehicle was shared with four drivers, (my parents, my brother and I) and so most of the time I road the city bus to work.
Hither by Thy help I've come
And I hope by Thy good pleasure
Safely to arrive at home
Monday, April 05, 2021
Sunday, April 04, 2021
I just noticed that we do. Tucked on a shelf near medications, books and boxes of Q tips are two cans of soup.
Why? You ask. Because Bart likes soup. And if it is in the kitchen someone will eat it. Or possibly someone will pour it into a bowl, stick it in the microwave and then leave for work without remembering they were going to eat.
so yeah. We have soup in our bedroom.