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March 31, 2017

That moment when you see something occurring that just looks out of place......

I went to a local downtown store a few weeks ago and saw this man pushing some sort of apparatus. I think it was a ground radar machine. It had a computer screen on top and the man was walking slowly as he looked at the screen.  I covertly snapped this picture. 

So many questions went through my mind:

*Are you looking for old junk cars buried beneath the pavement?

*T...

March 30, 2017

    With each new day comes a certain amount of toil and trouble. With each new day there also comes joy and celebration. It depends on the day which one we see more of and which one seems to disappear.  I have experienced too many times when I was at wit's end and ready to throw in the towel. At just the right time, God showed up and showed off divine power and goodness.  A disclaimer inserted here might read something like, "God also sometimes...

March 29, 2017

    I will never forget Pete. Pete, a former parishioner, was a spitfire. He also suffered a heart attack in my third or fourth week of ministry and right in the middle of my sermon, Pete was in trouble. First responders came and whisked Pete to the hospital.  After successful heart surgery and recuperation, Pete returned to church and his response to anyone asking about his health was, "I am doing fine. I have and 18 year old motor in a 76 year...

March 28, 2017

"I have told you "these things" so that......."  WHAT THINGS????

    A long time ago, I used to rattle the lawn mower over a protruding rock in the back yard.  In the spring when the ground was softer, the mower deck would scrape the rock and mower blades would strike the rock.  Not good!  The day arrived when the decision was made to pry the rock out of the ground and remove it. With round mouth shovel in hand, I began to pry with no movement fro...

March 27, 2017

"The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it." (John 1:5, NIV)

    There is a moment when one is in the woods just before dawn and darkness is still winning. Night vision is still working and one can see slight movements much easier than you would think. Hearing acuteness is heightened and the stillness is almost magical. Mice and ground moles scurry through leaves and an occasional crow flies overhead squawking a forl...

March 26, 2017

    Yesterday was a carefree beautiful early spring day. Breezy, warm, and partially sunny mixed with intermittent rain sprinkles made the day fun. I enjoyed our blooming flowers and the bee pictured here did likewise.

It was a day free of worry (for me anyway). Several times, I heard sirens and wondered who might be in danger or in need of assistance.  I uttered a prayer and continued to work in the yard. 

    I can't say I have alw...

March 25, 2017

    Do you have a place you retreat to in order to seek and find peace? If not, you need one.  Last night, we bought some food and drink, went to Victory Park, and enjoyed a meal along the Juniata River. Perfect! As we sat, ate, laughed, and enjoyed one another's company, it reminded me of time spent with my own parents years ago. Every Sunday afternoon, we would jump in the car and go for a drive. Ultimately, we would end up in Clearfield across...

March 24, 2017

    Life can be fun and frustrating all within the blink of an eye. Yesterday was one to consider these polar opposites. Leaving the church, I went in search of an ink pen refill. I checked one store; then another. As I scanned the aisle for my quarry, I heard a loud conversation a few yards behind me. Within seconds the louder of the two gentlemen ventured near. I stepped back to allow him passage and inadvertently stepped on a two pack of crazy...

March 23, 2017

    Have you ever hand-tossed pizza dough? I have not. I liked to watch trained professionals do it but I don't think I possess that spiritual gift. The art of efficiency is born out of intentional listening and practice, practice, practice. I suppose all things are possible, but a call to do any vocation is so important. I do not hear a call to toss pizza dough.

    We had recently heard of a local store that has good hoagies and wanted...