the doctors said you were leaving
i don’t see a world without you
time stopped and crashed and just shattered
please not you
so many whispered ‘Our Father…’
pleading grace and mercy for you
He heard all our cries
a new story was written for you
undeserving and grateful
we’re still here
and i’m blessed to be loved by you
every breath is a gift
in every joy every sorrow
each moment a fading song
but we sing out loud
into the unknown tomorrow
time may fracture again
so we whisper
our Father in heaven above
may your name be first in our eyes
may your kingdom thrive
in our hearts and lives
may your will be done in our love
while we’re still here
as it is
Did you miss it this morning? It was such a beautiful start to the day. It’s OK if you did. Often in my life I miss the beauty all around me. Whether or not you and I see it, or acknowledge it, there is also beauty within. Everyone on this planet… everyone… is created in the image of Almighty God. If we truly understand this then we can define people properly. I don’t always live up to the image that I carry of my God. And many people around me don’t either. It doesn’t change how I define them… how I fundamentally understand, welcome, and accept them. This is what it means to love your fellow man… to be a good neighbor… to move into this world with light and grace.
Merry Christmas! We are celebrating the coming of Grace, Truth and Light into the world and into our hearts. On a personal note, we are also celebrating the no cancer report for my dear wife. She had surgery Nov. 24, and while the recovery process has been difficult, we are so grateful. I will be updating the blog with images from that journey over the next few days. God bless you and yours!
we must tell the stories of this great land the stories of our struggles and flaws the stories of tragedy and suffering of all that needs to be healed and restored
we must also tell the stories of valor and bravery the stories of unimaginable courage in the face of unspeakable evil stories of men and women who represent our highest ideals our best selves men and women who through their character their love of country and their other centered hearts remind us that we must live for others that we must reach beyond self
with gratitude for those who protect and serve for those who rescue and heal we sing America! America! God shed His grace on thee Till selfish gain no longer strain The banner of the free!
Let’s be sure that we do what we can to notice the forgotten, seek out the unwanted, sit beside those who are anxious, embrace those who are fearful, and love with abandon. There is a world of family, friends, and neighbours in your hands that you can encourage today.
Amidst the changes and challenges we are all facing, I am grateful for the beauty of a wintry, Spring night. Here is why my Christmas lights up. White lights to represent that we are all created in the image of God. That is my conviction, therefore, I believe that we all carry God’s light. God is love, and when we care for each other, and put others first, we are becoming the highest expression of the light and love of God. Blue lights for the greatest team that I am honored to be a small part of: the Minooka PD. And blue lights for all first responders: firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, nurses, PAs, doctors, and all the medical professionals that are working so hard to help all of us… thank you. Give thanks for each other, and give thanks for so many who are helping.