Posts from November 2015

Surprised by Hope

Thank you so much for a wonderful celebration last weekend for my 10 years of ministry here. The love and support that you have shown me this last decade is overwhelming at times. I truly appreciate all the cards and kind words from everyone. And I was again amazed by the generosity of God’s people when I received the financial gift from the congregation. I can’t fit all my thoughts about my time here in this space, but you can…

My Thoughts on 10 Years at First Trinity

The church held a celebration event for me this past Sunday for my 10 years at First Trinity. Some of those who weren’t able to make it asked if I could share my words from the event, so here they are… Sue told me I’d get to say a few words today, which I took to be about 20 minutes, so bear with me.  Sue and I actually joke about how I don’t have feelings, but rather have “thinkings”. So…

The Ten Virgins

One of the things I’ve noticed about having kids is that it takes us longer and longer to get anywhere. It’s not really about the journey being longer though, but rather about the getting ready taking longer. Going on a trip? Have to pack for five people now. Going out the door? Everyone has to find their shoes and their coats and their hats and their backpacks and their…. Oy! It’s not always about going places, either. Sometimes, there’s a…

The House Built on the Rock

Our family did a staycation this summer, exploring stuff in the greater Buffalo region that we wouldn’t normally get to do as a family. One of my favorite destinations was Stony Brook State Park, where we hiked up the gorge as a family to see God’s glorious hand at work in creation. My two older kids and I were not content to walk along the trail, however. Like many there, we decided to walk in the river instead of next…

So That’s What it Means to Go

Can I share a frustration with you? I’m not very good at gardening, but we have a really large flower bed in front of our house, so I’m forced to do it. You know what annoys me about gardening? The plants I want to grow seem to require ideal conditions to grow. For example, they need just the right amount of water to grow. Not too much, not too little. So I do my best but inevitably I forget to…