Saturday, January 1, 2011


Except for a few precious hours 2011 is a blank page in our collective history book. What it still has are possibilities, plans and promises. We will write in our part of the book every day and the control over what we write is up to us.

How will we respond to events both good and bad? How will we tell the people around us that we love them? Most of what happens in our lives is counted as small and mundane so that we hardly notice it. Yes that is true but the little things add up. Brushing my teeth every day is a little thing but if I do not do it my teeth will soon hurt and I will have to pay my dentist a lot of money later. Saying I love you to my wife every day, many times a day, is a small thing but it is really important to a happy life.

So what are you writing on your blank pages today?

Thursday, December 30, 2010


Some people miss out on blessings because they are not expecting them and therefore do not appricate them as blessings when they come.

Blessings come in many forms some big but most are small. A small blessing that is recognized, appreciated, and has gratitude expressed for it can lead to even more blessings. Expect today that God will bless you in some way and then begin looking for the blessings - they will be there.

Monday, December 27, 2010

A Muslim Christmas

Some years ago the church I pastored sponsored a refugee from Sudan. She had been involved in teaching people with disabilities their rights. She had been imprisoned several times and the third time would mean death so she fled her country.

Even though she is a Muslim she attended our church services and even worked in the church nursery. Her first Christmas with us she gave me a Christmas present because Muslims honor Jesus as a prophet. That was a break through for some of our members who were uncomfortable helping a Muslim after 9/11.  I was looking at that gift the other day remembering her progress following her arrival in Louisville. She is now a citizen, a graduate of Sullivan University and a teacher.