Monday, December 29, 2008
So, note to self- If you think something is wrong, you are feeling a little wabbly, don't just trust yourself to figure out the problem. Talk to someone else and ask them to help. With a fresh set of eyes, they might be able to see something you missed. Go in peace and go with God.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
It's easy I believe for some to take their eyes away from Christmas and focus on the long, long journey to peace. We hustle, we bustle, it's a never ending race to get there first, get it in the cart and then swipe a card to pay for it. I'm going to go out on a limb here, but is that what God really intended for us to be doing as we prepare to celebrate the birth of His Son. My prayers this day will be for those who are struggling to prepare for Christmas. I pray that your days will be filled with peace and joy, and that as you hurry around you can take some time to see the glory of God's creation. Go in peace and go with God.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
'Twas several days before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; except two dogs who needed to go outside. (Yes I said two, we are dog sitting for some family, so there is Rheau and Penny). The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;The dogs were nestled all snug in their beds,While visions of bacon and dog bones danced in their heads;And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter (actually, we heard and saw nothing),I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.(I didn't really spring, Rheau was bugging me to get up. Jill had left for work and Rheau needed to go outside). Away to the window I flew like a flash (stumbled sleepily, is that a word?),Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but someone had struck one of our beautiful trees in the front yard. No there was not a note, no phone call, no knock on the door, "Hey man, sorry about your tree". Just the evidence of someone driving carelessly. So I called the authorities and they took their report. Prayerfully I await for the scofflaw to be a good sport. Admit your mistake and move on joyfully through the season, and have a clear conscience knowing it was an accident, without rhyme or reason. Oh yeah, Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
We deeply appreciate our staff here at Grace. They do amazing things to help this church fulfill our vision and mission. Call it the bricks of the foundation, the spokes in the wheel or whatever, many church pastors could not do what we do without a great church staff. Most churches cannot pay their staff a huge salary. That is the reality of most churches. So how can we show our overworked and underpaid staff that even though we cannot pay them what they are worth (teachers, nurses are also underpaid) we still think they are doing great work? Answer- treat them well. Now, that sounds like how we should always treat church staff. For goodness sake, we are a church right? Well, let me tell you, I hear lots of stories of churches working their staff the day before Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, the day before and after Christmas. I understand that in some instances parts of the staff are greatly needed on certain days. Without our music staff Christmas eve would be missing something. And of course, our buildings need to be cleaned as well. So I guess what I am saying is treat your staff how you would like to be treated. I know some pastors have been treated poorly in some situations, but that does not mean that your staff should suffer. When you begin to think about your staff and their family situations, please remember that they would like to enjoy the holidays too and just because they work at a church doesn't mean they should work right up to the last minute. Your church will be a much happier and healthier place if your staff knows you care and that they are valuable in fulfilling the mission and vision of your church. Go in peace and go with God.
Monday, December 1, 2008
I will invite someone other than a relative to Christmas Eve service.
I will focus more on giving than receiving.
I will share the love of Jesus Christ with everyone that I encounter through my words and deeds.
I will not let the busy or hurried days stress me out and turn me into a scrooge.
Be hopeful. Be faithful. And be His.
Go in peace and go with God.