What is good about growing old?

DSCN0800The Christian Church is family. We are called brothers and sisters in Christ. It’s a beautiful thing and I love the Church, not the buildings… but rather my family that makes up the Church.

As family, we share life. The hardships – loss of jobs, loss of loved ones, sickness, prodigals. We also share the good stuff – marriages, baptisms, births, graduations.

As we share these things in life… we grow older. I’m now in my mid 50’s, and there’s not much about it that I like… everything hurts these days, my mind is not as sharp as it once was, my endurance level is near non-existent and I could go on.

But one thing I truly enjoy about getting older is being Grandpa… and I just love that. I have the most precious little Granddaughter, and she will have me wrapped around her little finger as she grows up.

This week-end, two of my dearest friends and brothers in Jesus shared the wonderful news that they are about to become Grandparents for the first time!  That’s beautiful and that’s the family in the Church… sharing life and rejoicing with those that rejoice.

Proverbs 17:6 states: Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.

And it is oh so true! Grandparents, enjoy every precious moment with your grandbabies!

 

Friends and Family

107-DSC07959Cave at Shepherd’s Fields in Bethlehem 2014.

My wife and I are relocating to Texas in two weeks time. Honestly, the most difficult part of this transition for me is not buying/selling homes; garage sales, or packing our belongings.  No, truly the most difficult thing has been and continues to be saying “good-bye”… but as a Christian, it’s not really good-bye, but rather “until we meet again”.

This picture was a trip that I was blessed to be apart of to Israel in 2014. We are sitting in what may have been the stable that my Lord and Savior Jesus was born into… incredible to consider.

I am leaving these dear friends, brothers and sisters in Christ behind as I head to Texas… But I know that someday, I’ll be reunited with them… not around the Lord’s manger per se… but rather around His throne… and I look forward to and long for that day.

That is the “moving day” I truly anticipate!

Here’s your sign….

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My wife and I are preparing to relocate from Washington State to Texas. This bible verse has hung over my desk for nearly the past two years. I chose this verse, because I wanted a daily reminder that what I do is not a job, but a ministry and I always wanted to approach every situation as I thought my Lord and Savior Jesus would.

As we prepare to depart our friends and family in Washington for the unknown of Texas… my heart is still the same. I don’t know what God has in store for us, but whatever it is, I want to view it as Jesus would/does.

I would ask for your prayers that our hearts would stay useable.

What will be in your drawer?

The Drawer

Last Wednesday a dear friend, brother, and co-laborer in Christ, left this world to go into the loving arms of Jesus.

I miss him. It got me to thinking… one day- soon, all my earthly belongings are going to fit into a single hospital drawer.

Jesus said in Mathew 6:20-21… But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Life is short. Friends are sweet. I’m going to enjoy both until Jesus calls me home. Focusing always on the eternal… and not on the temporal.