Anticipation and Expectation

Anticipation and Expectation

Nov 27

Some of my happiest memories from growing up revolve around Christmas.  I was fortunate enough to get three Christmases:  Christmas Eve was spent with my paternal grandparents, Christmas morning was at home (and Santa came!), Christmas afternoon was spent with my maternal grandparents.  As I look back and reflect on them, I realize that each event had a different feel to it.  I loved each of...

Getting Closer

Getting Closer

Oct 10

I have a “movie curse” – in almost every movie, my favorite character will die.  It’s become a joke among those who know me.  I can lean over to someone during a movie and whisper, “That character is going to die” and they know I like that character (who then dies).  Sometimes I’ll say, “I wish I didn’t like that character.”  In my favorite movie, “The Man in the Iron...

Stop the Hate

Stop the Hate

Oct 04

On October 1st, we saw the worst mass shooting in United States history.  At this writing, over 58 people are dead with hundreds wounded by a lone gunman.  He opened fire on a group of people enjoying an outdoor concert in Las Vegas.  No motive is currently known. Appropriately, people have been posting and commenting on social media using the hashtag #StoptheHate.  This shooting was an...

Judging

Judging

Sep 28

I’m not sure if this is the right forum for this, but I need to get this off my chest and it feels too long to post directly to any social media sites. One of my hobbies is supporting various charity and fundraising events while dressed as the superhero Thor.  There are lots of things I love about it, but one of my favorites is that I can talk about the work that Thor does without bragging...

Rights

Rights

Sep 27

Far too much has already been made of a particular series of protests.  I don’t want to beat that horse any further.  However, in the discourse surrounding the protests, the topic of Rights has come up more than once.  In this article, I’m going to talk a bit about Rights. I have heard comments along the lines of “I support their right to protest.”  Over the years, I have also heard...

Cheating

Cheating

Sep 22

The movie “The Incredibles” took a fascinating approach to superheroes.  The film took a different perspective on what it means to be “special.”  Specifically, the villain in the story resented the fact that some people possessed superhuman powers while other people were ordinary.  His “evil plan” was to use technology to give everyone superhuman abilities.  He chillingly explains...

Healing

Healing

Sep 05

My wife and I had our first cancer scare earlier this year.  She underwent a surgery to remove the organs on which the cancer had been identified.  Thankfully, there was no cancer but the organs still needed to be removed in order for her to get well.  Then there were many weeks of healing before she was back to herself. Think about surgery for a moment.  The purpose of surgery is often to...

Have you met Jesus?

Have you met Jesus?

Jul 04

Today I got to be “Jesus” for a young family.  They were trying to get out of the place they’re renting and into a new home, but didn’t have enough for the first month’s rent and deposit.  God blessed me with enough to make the deposit for them.  It was such a delight to get to be part of what God is doing for them and to hear them give God the glory for it. But that wasn’t my...