Galena, Illinois was “born” in 1826. It is known as the town that time forgot. This beautiful town is filled with shops, candy, lots of chocolate, delicious coffee, great eateries and, apparently, ghosts! This is my bride, and we enjoyed celebrating 39 years together in Galena!
so i wonder dr. king what you would say we have done with your dream it seems we got it wrong and there’s no song to help us anymore so i wonder dr. king what you would say as you stroll on our main streets sit in our bible studies and share a meal at our dinner tables i wonder dr. king if you don’t mind would you help us dr. king we seem to have lost our mind and there’s a greater loss dr. king we don’t love our neighbor as we love ourselves dr. king i’m so sorry but just one more thing dr. king would you help us dream dr. king help us to make one day now dr. king we are asleep dr. king and we have forgotten how to dream
…hope you have a beautiful day! Thanks for stopping by!
how can we still be missing so much beauty our brother our sister all the treasures of the world right beside you right beside me how can we still be hurting each other oh can't you see the glorious ruin for that is who we are who we all are and we cry for love just to be loved oh God open our eyes to your presence image bearers all around us and let us treasure the treasures we see and let this love start in me how can we still be silent speak let your words embrace the sorrow let your words heal the pain speak be present embrace the treasures oh God help me see
For us, January 1st is Happy Anniversary as well as Happy New Year. So, in honor of my bride: just look at those kids kneeling in stillness about to unfold a story to be told of their love just look at those kids praying and longing about to discover the path is so steep and love will require more than they know still here we are still telling a story older now somehow still here we are just look at those kids i do let’s go i’m yours your love is true through all the hurts pain and sorrow you still said yes through each tomorrow you love so well with grace and kindness staying by my side oh Ruth so grateful you’re by my side still here we are still telling a story older now somehow still here we are just look at those kids dear God thank you for the journey and for taking care of those kids and thank you for the gift of that high school girl who so long ago was kneeling beside me and still is
and can it be you came for me a withered soul so tired so cold and can it be surrendered glory for this heart of pride all the shame inside o withered soul lift up your voice o withered soul cry out rejoice your light has come your peace is near Immanuel is here and can it be once blind i see forgiven free You died for me and can it be new life is mine and for all time not just a while i'll sing and shine i am your child this withered soul now your son your own and can it be
Enjoyed an exhilarating, if not a bit chilly, ride on a beautiful December day! Thanks for stopping by.
A few pics from what probably will be my last motorcycle ride for a while…. (sigh…..) Thanks for stopping by.
a cup of coffee in a little corner of my home lights and shadows remind me of what lies within me darkness and light love and hate goodness and self-centeredness the memories descend life and love family and friends grace and peace laughter and song so many gifts undeserved and plentiful soon the wraith of dim stories arrives failures loss shame and the quiet ache of all things left undone and of all that i have done to others and to myself i choose to surrender to all the images that so quickly float through my mind as i lift my gaze in a little corner of my home three crosses Calvary such an ugly place of death of pain of sorrow of suffering and it is there in the midst of the darkness and light of my life it is only there where the lies i tell and the lies i believe are exposed where my shame is undone in love and acceptance where i trade my burden for hope mercy love and the lightness of forgiveness and i realize He is here with me in a little corner of my home
We enjoyed a Thanksgiving Day walk at the always beautiful Jones Beach State Park.