My aunt encouraged me to try my hand painting a landscape.Why not start with the sky? So, I started with blue paint. It was way too dark. Light blue didn't work either --neither did lighter blue-- in fact, nothing worked. Then she suggested that I need to begin with pure white, adding just the ever-so-faintest... Continue Reading →
I watched my father-in-law turn a rusty knife into a beautiful, shining blade with a razor-like edge. He simply used a sanding belt in his shop, being careful not to press too hard to too long on any one spot....
I get excited when I’m with people I love, and who love me.
Yet Jesus showed that love involves pain.
Paul felt love’s pain when he wrote: .....
I get excited when I'm with people I love, and who love me. I'm blessed because, being human, I can experience the joys of love. But Jesus showed that sometimes love involves pain. Paul felt love's pain when he wrote: "I will gladly spend and be spent for you, although I know that the more... Continue Reading →
We have a small swimming pool, the above ground type. It isn’t much, but it’s work! The wind blows in dust, becoming mud on the bottom. Leaves and other junk constantly fall into it. And, the bugs. Surface bugs, swimming bugs. And even spiders. Oh, and let’s not forget the chemicals. Too few and the... Continue Reading →
I’ve Been Taken for Granted! I don’t suppose anyone enjoys being taken for granted. I want people to appreciate me. But, maybe being taken for granted is a compliment! It means I can be trusted. Counted on. Relied on. Kids rely on parents. Spouses count on each other. I want to be trusted by my... Continue Reading →
I suppose you've occasionally noticed the tremendous beauty that exists in the world. A flower. A sunset. The music of a mother’s lullaby! Of course, it isn't everywhere. And that's simply the way it has to be, since if everything were beautiful, then we'd have no way to notice beauty when we see or hear... Continue Reading →
“Such happiness as life is capable of comes from full participation…” –John Dewey, Living Philosophies (A.D. 1931) Revelation 2:1 To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, “These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands.” There have been times when... Continue Reading →
The hallway was outside an auditorium at a Christian university near where I live. A young boy climbed on an empty table and laid down. He was face down, with his head hanging over the edge so he could look under the table. His father reached over and tickled him. The boy asked with a... Continue Reading →
I forget to notice. I’m so focused on what I want, that I overlook what’s right in front of me. A couple of days ago I woke up in the recliner, and began to look everywhere for my glasses. With a wry smile, my wife pointed to the top of my head, where they silently... Continue Reading →