Bringing a Pen Light Spelunking

I think I know why we are only supposed to see a step or two ahead. We may have a destination in mind; the perfect job, the comfortable retirement, a life free of cancer – (13 years and counting!!), finishing that college degree, whatever your choice. The Lord may even have placed that goal in your heart and it may be his purpose for your life, but getting there is a process. There is only one who can see each and every stone or twist or challenge there may be between here and there and if we were able to see it all we may be too overwhelmed to even take that first step...

Moving Mountains

I have heard over the years that we should “dream big dreams” and “believe for great things”. I agree we need to have hope for our future and press on toward the goal, but we also need to find peace in the present and release from the past. Carrying age-old hurts and battles around weighs us down and they are a constant distraction from the big dreams and great things that we are called to. Letting go, however, is often much more difficult than we think and moving on means leaving some things behind – you can never take it all with you...

The Low Point

It was a very rare form of lung cancer. Mine was only the second case they had seen in the last ten years at Marquette General.  Slow growing and non-invasive but cancer just the same.  No Chemotherapy, no radiation, just resection. Because of where it was they had to remove the entire lower lobe of... Continue Reading →

Missing Pieces

When I was a kid, we had in our kitchen a drawer full of random stuff. Odds and ends, things that were not used very often or half used but might be needed again someday. We called it our “junk drawer”. If someone was looking for something we would always tell them to check in the junk drawer and very often the needed thing would be found there. I have a similar box in my garage for odd screws, nails, fasteners of all kinds. I’ll often sift through it when I need a certain size or type of screw or nail and I will usually find it in there somewhere. I’m sure we all have these kinds of treasure troves of useful items that we keep for that time when we just might need that missing piece...

Set Apart

As with most holidays, commercialism has completely taken over. Look Here! Buy This! Go There! Buy That! You Need It…NOW!! All of it would never be enough and there seems to be a never-ending supply of stuff you just must have. As the teacher would say in Ecclesiastes, it is all a chasing after the... Continue Reading →

Let Healing Begin

No matter the hurt, we must learn to let forgiveness do its work. Yup, there it is – Forgiveness. The word that many use but few ever master…myself included. Is it an action? Is it a feeling? Is it just something you believe? Does saying the words, “I forgive you” mean they’re forgiven? Why does it still hurt? Why should I let them off the hook? I’m not going to claim here that I know definitively the answer to any of those questions…I’m not sure if any of us really can this side of Heaven. There is an intangible quality to the process of forgiveness. Something in the idea that says, ‘don’t touch’ or ‘leave it alone now’...but we always want to take it back, pry it open, just to see...

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