Thursday, December 31, 2009

Thoughts on 2009 and the new year

2009 was a year of ups and downs for me like I am sure it was for many of you as well. I feel like I grew in my relationships with family and made new friends, but I feel as if my spiritual life suffered greatly during the year. This was due largely to apathy on my part and falling into the familiar patterns of going through the motions of being a spiritual person without the passion of commitment that I once knew.
I want to be better in 2010. I want to get to know myself better instead of being fake or false. I want to be genuine in my relationships with others. I want to put God first again instead of letting other things fill His rightful position in my life. I want to have good, clean fun. I want to live a good example before others. I want to be assured.

Monday, December 21, 2009

One, no, two weeks...

Well, it's been a while since I blogged here. Like many others I have been busy with the Christmas holiday festivities, church events and fighting the first-of-winter blues. Sometimes we just don't know how good we have it until "it" goes away. After years of a good thing, something soured in a couple areas of my life in the past few weeks that has made life (while more interesting) more difficult.
I am still abundantly blessed with a great family, a wonderful special friend, a unique and grand church family and in hundreds of other big and small ways. I hope to be back into posting here more often soon...
peace on earth, good tidings of great joy and merry Christmas!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas parade...

Tonight I rode in a Christmas parade in the freezing temperatures to share some holiday cheer and advertise for the paper that I write articles for. It was a fun event and I love the fact that I live in a small enough place that I recognized many faces in the crowd. Some were faces of old school teachers, others of relatives, others of people I have worshipped with in the past and still others people I have helped and those who have helped me. For one moment all these people from the various points of my life were brought together around a common theme. Perhaps that one reason why Christ came to earth: to bring us all together and let us know that, why we are all unique, we all yearn for the same things.
I also sense that the heavenly paradise will be a little like tonight's Christmas parade. Old faces, familiar faces, lining the street to welcome us with cheers and shouts of joy. Instead of carols, the song of Moses and the Lamb. A truly great, festive day where we don't worry about the problems of this current life.

More to come...

Friday, December 4, 2009


I was thinking today as I lay vomiting in my kitchen floor. Not a pretty image I know, but bear with me. I thought about the Rich Mullins' song "Bound to Come Some Trouble." In the song, Mullins sings of the fact that trouble and tears will come in life but a solid relationship with Christ is vital to maintaining inner peace.

See full lyrics here

Lately, I have felt trouble has been stalking my life.
Between my physical health which has been up in the air, my mental health challenges, challenges in living as a spiritual person and relationships changing and evolving I have been in a roller coaster of trouble. "Trouble" can simply mean not necessarily a negative connotation, but merely a disturbance. That is how I feel lately: disturbed.
Hoping that Christ's peace will bring me peace,

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December arrives

I have tried several times in the last week to write a post for this blog, but due to to personal sickness and time constraints, I just haven't been able to produce a blog of printable quality. So today with a new month and a new start, I am attempting again.
December is a special time of year with Christmas and Hanukkah, New Year's Eve and World AIDS Day, December gives us many occasions to celebrate and remember the past and to look forward into the future.
I pray that God will bless you in this last month of the year as you set things right, visit family and friends, travel, make resolutions, try to complete last year's resolutions and celebrate.