Sunday, August 30, 2009

You should've been gone.

Oh, dear blog-how you've been abandoned and neglected. Forgive me and find comfort in the resurrection of word, pics, and video to bring you back to life again. How could I just turn and walk away. Yes, I'm typing this with Journeys "oh, Sherry" chorus line humming in my head.

Working on new, new, new crosses.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Wisdom - Psalm 121

I look up to the hills,
but where does my help come from?
Psalm 121

What is wisdom? Where do I go to become wise?

Ah, insights into the working of the world. If I seek wisdom, perhaps I'll know how to handle my neighbor who keeps parking illegally in front of my house. I'll be in tune with how it works to get along in conversation about today's healthcare opinions. The proper behavior towards the clerk at Circle K that won't acknowledge me as a regular customer.

I believe that God (call it as you please-sustainer of the universe, Creator, etc) knows how the world works in all its different ways.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

pink sheep

“The pink sheep of the family”

Alexander McQueen

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

Day #4 in Africa

Dear daughter Mariah,
Today we prepared for our day in the "bushes." The villages we are bringing medical care to are so far away...literally we drive through narrow paths of bushes. I worked alongside the dentist identifying tools, instruments, and medicine we'll have available to use this week. I trust in God that He will put me to good use alongside her assisting the doctor best as He sees fit. They say tomorrow will be crazy whereas we will see so many people who have great need of medical care and spiritual food. The medicine we'll provide is a temporary fix, but lives will be introduced to God as an eternal solution.

We spent the afternoon playing with the kids here at the seminary. The children were fascinated with the digital camera. I take their it to them...they laugh and laugh and laugh. They all want their picture taken.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Acceptance - A part of life

Many insights were revealed along our journey in Africa. I pray that I may accept everything that comes my way as a part of life. I pray that I may make use of it in helping other people.

...accepting difficulties and disciplines of life so as to fully share the common life of other people.

Perhaps this experience of working in the "bushes" was in order that I may share the sufferings and problems of humanity. I need sympathy and understanding. Sharing experiences in life, in order to compassionately understand with others.

Unless I have been through the same experiences, how can I even begin to understand other people or their makeup well enough to be able to help them.

Much of what I must accept in life perhaps is not to be accepted as being necessary for me personally, but to share in the sufferings and difficulties of mankind.

Ah, but he path has tender lights and restful shades that no other walk in life can give.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Cameroon, Africa - CWE medical mission

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Just returning and catching up from an amazing medical mission in Africa! A spiritual recharge. Cameroon touched my heart and the spirit shined a light in my life.

Some moments scared me. But I'm here now, talking with you. My family is thrilled to have me home, and I am safe.

Protecting God, you held us safe. You were with us. You carried us. You sustained us. You delivered us.

I am thankful for the loving, caring presence.

But let everyone who trusts you be happy;
let them sing glad songs forever.
Protect those who love you
and who are happy because of you.

Lord, you bless those who do what is right;
you protect them like a soldier's shield.
Psalm 5:11-12