Saturday, April 28, 2007

Goodbye Scarfish

Last night was the school carnival. And once again this year our oldest won a fish at one of the games. I remember from my times in school that "pets" won at carnivals and the such do not last very long at all.

Last year's fish, Nemo lasted forever. Maybe it was because we didn't actually "win" him at the carnival but instead "won" a certificate for a free fish. We took our son to the pet store to pick out his prize. Nemo lasted forever...I thought we'd only have him a short time but I think we had him for a few months.

Well, last night we brought home a new member of the family. He was "won" and this year they didn't run out of fish but I have no idea where they got some of these. Our son had this huge goldfish but with a big gash in his tale. So, he named the fish...Scarfish.

This evening we were getting ready for bed and I noticed that Scarfish was doing the backstroke in his bowl. Already?! So, we had this talk about death and the life of fish. I think it could be because he was already injured...I'm expecting a funeral tomorrow...then sometime soon we'll go look for a new fish.

Goodbye Scarfish

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

So Sissy, Did You Play Your Coconuts?

I saw on the news tonight that in London yesterday they celebrated St. George's Day by showing the "Holy Grail" and having fans gather together for the Coconut Orchestra. Now I know you said you had a "conference call" but I bet you were playing your lovely bunch of coconuts, weren't you?

And I know you do like Spam-a-lot!
: ~ )

Yes, I think I see you!

Miss you!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Which Way to Go?

This Sunday I'm preaching on the conversion of Saul. I am focusing on how Saul had to lose his sight in order to more clearly see his true calling in life. It was only when he was blinded to the hatred and persecution he was perpetuating so that he could truly see the Christ in his midst.

With everything that has happened this week, I'm trying to figure out how to relate the two topics to one another.

One of the hardest Sunday's I have ever preached was on September 16, 2001. That was a rough one too. I trust that God will provide what words need to be shared with our congregation.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

So Very Sad

It's been a sad day in our country as students, faculty and friends of Virginia Tech gathered to pay respects to fellow students. It's hard to know what to say after something like this happens...sometimes it's hard to know what is going on in our society...where God is in all of this.

I remember how I felt after sad I felt for those who'd been injured, those who had died way too young.

The Sunday after 9/11 I was scheduled to preach. I remember thinking, "What in the world do you want me to say, God? Where were you? What can I say to let people know you are near?"

The Good News in all of this is that God does walk with us through this valley and will continue to offer us God's presence, grace and love.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Hope You Had a Wonderful Easter!!