We all have some learning to do.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
“…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
“I have come into the world as light…”
“…God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
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!
My wife has been diagnosed with a clival chordoma, a rare cancer. She has surgery scheduled for Nov. 24. Thank you for your prayers.
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
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
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.
We are all we have. Struggle well, and love with abandon.
A still, chilly, beautiful first sunrise in 2020.