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Offered Challenges

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6/21/05 Our Heavenly Father, we thank you again for the opportunity of our fellowship here this hour – for the rest of the night – for family and friends and for the challenges this day offers each of us. Cause and help us to use them wisely and to touch others in need of support. Amen

“Great is Thy faithfulness…” can you hear the music?

Yes, today holds challenges. Challenges that will be offered to me and to you. Will I accept the challenge? Will I fight the challenge? Will I run from the challenge?

In answer to that, an old poem was brought to mind, The Hound of Heaven.

Good luck on that running thing.

Did I mention, I hate to run?

The Hound of Heaven

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Capacity to Accomplish

6/20/06 Once again, our God, we stand and give thanks for our fellowship here this hour, for nourishment received and the opportunities of another day of life here in this community. Remind us of tasks yet to be accomplished and give us the capacity to do so. Amen

Almost seventeen years ago Dad went on one of the last Honor Flights from Northwest Ohio. The pictures my sister took of my father radiated his joy, indeed delight in the whole long day. From start to finish he radiated joy!

Less than three years later, Mom would be gone. A bit more than five years later my brother would be gone. And less than three years after that, Dad would join them.

But on this task, he was given the capacity to make the long trip. It was blazing hot in DC that day. A bunch of senior citizens in the heat in wheelchairs sounds scary, but Dad never spoke on that…only how kind and gracious everyone they encountered was to them.

At the WWII monument, Dad posed proudly (not an adjective you will see me use much about my father) in front the Ohio monument. Visitors to the monument shared their appreciation for the Veterans service.

Dad was very moved.

Thank you again Dave for making this possible.

We all have tasks to do and God gives us the capacity to accomplish, not just show up. That is very encouraging to me. Yes, I have to show up.

The tasks may not even be something done for others, but rather, something God does to accomplish his will in us. In this case, I see our Heavenly Father’ joy radiated in my father’s face. And I love seeing that portal.

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The Opportunity we each have

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6/19 Our Father, we are grateful for this day – its beauty, the rest of the night and for our fellowship here this hour.

Cause us to be more mindful of all your gifts and for the opportunity each of us has to share them with others.

Support and sustain those who need your Grace this day. Amen

The opportunity to share our gifts with others starts here, where I start my day: coffee, breakfast, Bible study, pet the cat, conversation with family, etc.

Gifts of time, attention, courtesy, peace, calm, kindness. Free.

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Dominating Colours of the world

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6/14/05 Our Heavenly Father , we bow our heads in thanks for your hand in making and keeping this nation free. Remind us how our freedom was won and the price of human sacrifice. Bless this country, its leaders and keep us true to the colors we salute this day. Amen 

Dominant colors look a lot like a graphic design project from college. The @DAAP influence doesn’t fade like my hair has…

I love this book. Thanks, Dad for the rabbit-trail today.

Reminds me of another goodie from my parents’ “Things I found while looking up something else.” Oh yeah, this was before Google!

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They See Beyond Our Shortcomings

2018-06-12 06.09.00.png6/12/07 Our Father, we thank you for the beauty of this day for the opportunity of life and our fellowship here this hour – for family and friends that see beyond our shortcomings. Encourage and help us support those in need and be ever with those who pursue peace. Amen

The piles of my life. Books, folders, etc. Shortcomings readily visible. The less obvious ones? I really don’t want to ask for a list. I already have a running list in my head. If I see a new item on your list, I might have to incorporate it into my list.

But is it my list?

Last night I had a meeting, so driving home my public radio station was already into their evening opera…sorry, just can’t get my brain around opera while I am driving. Flipped to another channel and heard a song that is a great reminder for me, today and always:

Fear is a Liar 


An important truth to keep in mind when I hear the list (from hell) being unrolled (unfurled? or is it “furled” I always stumble over that).

I will look for a link to the song. First I will post this, then edit to add the link. I’ve learned how not to sabotage myself doing posts!


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You Care for Each of Us



We thank Thee, our God,  for an hour like this – a time when we can enjoy fellowship & laughter – free of tensions and strain. Teach us the secret of living without strain and worry. Teach us how to live just one day at a time- to recognize and enjoy the many blessings  that are ours and to be content in knowing that you care for each of us. Amen

Today would have been my brother’s 62nd birthday. 62 is not old, but then neither is 55 or 61, two other recent ages talked about this last week.

My brother was not a suicide, but a heart attack. Still young. Still a shock. Still sad.

But I love Dad’s reminder in this prayer. That God cares for each of us. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. That my soul does know. That my brain needs to rest in and my heart be content with.

That is enough. Sometimes it is all one needs to know; for the day, hour or second.

Make sure you convey that to the people you meet today.

Who knows what an impact you could make?


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Those Who Give Leadership

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Morning Coffee & Prayers

6/8/04 Our heavenly Father we give our thanks for the warmth of the day – for our health and well being – for the sacrifices of those we honored yesterday and for the lives of those past and present who give leadership to this nation. Amen

Give leadership? I have heard “provide” leadership, but give is not a verb I normally hear.

Sometimes we revere the hero who takes control, but the one who selflessly gives, do we revere them?

Today I hope I see and recall many examples of those who give in leadership.