Monday, 28 March 2022

The Other Side of Paradise


“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.”
-George A. Moore


The older I get the more I realize that I don't need, or even want, fancy vacation destinations. I am perfectly content and relaxed at home. It truly is my little piece of … Paradise.


Sunday, 27 March 2022

Easy Street

Though the the Eagles debut of Take It Easy was 50 years ago (1972), it is amazing how relevant the chorus still seems today. Here, two years into the Covid pandemic, with armies gathered at the Poland/Ukraine border in answer to the latest Russian aggression for what some have feared may be the start of World War III, it is easy to lose one’s peace. Take it easy?

Anyone who has known me for a while can attest to the fact that I often speak of guarding my personal peace. When I do lose it, and it happens to all of us, I strive almost religiously to try and recapture it as soon as possible. Take it easy? Yes; maybe now even more than ever before. Peace, friends. Take it easy!

Postscript: Pictured is my own little piece of paradise, part of my backyard deck space, appropriately named Easy Street.

Thursday, 17 March 2022

Is This What We’ve Become?

 “Godly sorrow brings repentance”
2 Corinthians 7:10

This cartoon was shared with me recently. I have to confess that I was amused by it, but only in a sad kind of way. As one who has read a significant amount of church history, it struck a bit of a nerve with me. Isn’t it interesting how many of us seem to think that, unlike the generations before us, we’re the ones who “finally got the Bible right?” Maybe interesting is the wrong word.

Thankfully this self-righteousness does not represent all Christendom!

However, for those that it is true, by default it would seem that they’re implying that all Christians before them were somehow ignorant in their faith. Taken one step further, they would probably say the same of traditions different than theirs today as well. Sadly I think we all know people like that. Is this what we’ve become? God forgive us!

Cartoon Source: Unknown

Friday, 4 March 2022

of Bearing with the Defects of Others

 “Endeavor to be patient in bearing with the defects and infirmities of others, of what sort soever they be; for that thyself also hast many failings which must be borne with by others. If thou canst not make thyself such a one as thou wouldest, how canst thou expect to have another fashioned to thy liking? We would willingly have others perfect, and yet we amend not our own faults. We will have others severely corrected, and will not be corrected ourselves. The large liberty of others displeaseth us; and yet we will not have our own desires denied us. We will have others kept under by strict laws; but in no way will ourselves be restrained. And thus it appeared, how seldom we weigh our neighbor in the same balance with ourselves.”

Thomas A’ Kempis
Book One, Chapter 16

Thursday, 3 March 2022

The Story of My Life

There have been some difficult times of late. Within the past three months, we lost two close friends and one sister. The superstitious would tell us that things happen in three’s. Good thing we’re not superstitious. Still, what do you do with that? I suppose the older we get, the more frequent these things are going to be. Death is, after all, a part of the circle of life. 

Our Christian faith gives us hope beyond the grave, but our humanity still cries with pain for ourselves and the loved ones left behind. In the days following our moods swing back and forth, and socially we become awkward, both wanting the company of others and solitude at the same time.

Recently my better half, my beautiful wife of forty years, shared this video with me. It spoke volumes to us both as we listened to it over and over again. A timely part of the healing process? Perhaps it was. Peace and blessings, friend.

The story of my life, is very plain to read …