Friday, August 31, 2007

The Friday Five

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1. Share a highlight from this summer.
In a dead heat, I have two. The time that I spent in Dulac, Louisiana with some people from my church helping do some clean up and repair work. The other highlight is the day that I spent on the Horseshoe Bay Beach in Bermuda with my family.

2. Are you glad to see this summer end? Why or why not?
Not really. It means that my ordination paperwork needs to be finished any minute and I am not quite as ready as I had hoped!

3. Name one or two things you're looking forward to this fall.
Having the aforementioned paperwork over. Also I am looking forward to exciting new changes in my ministry.

4. Do you have any special preparations or activities to mark the transition from one season to another?
Charge Conference preparation always seems to be the transition moment from Summer to Fall!

5. I'll know that fall is really here when
When the Eagles tee it up in Green Bay on September 9th!

Go Birds!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

I just don't understand it

As you know, I recently returned from a mission trip to Louisiana. I also just recently got back from a great vacation with my family. I am well rested and excited to be back and ready to do the work of God.

I received an email, that I must quote from, while I was away. This compassionate man says the following about the folks in Louisiana.... If you are to stupid to take care of yourself you deserve what you get. Through victimization and welfare we have bred a whole group of people who think they are owed everything. I say tough crap, get a job or die of starvation.

As I read that the first time and subsequently a few times after, I was just shocked. I do not know this man, and I am quite happy about that. I am not certain what caused this response and I am not really sure that it matters.

All I know is that in my spirit, I am troubled that people feel this way. So many times when we talk about aid and poverty and homelessness and other things it comes down to taxes and to politics. It all just seems so backwards to me.

Jesus wasn't concerned about where the money would come from but instead simply said to feed them and clothe them and take care of them.

As Christians, I believe our call is to go out into the world and to lift up those who can no longer lift themselves. When I read those words from the email I wish that I could sit down with this man and show him pictures and tell him some of the stories that I have seen and witnessed. I wish that I could help him see that this is a big world and it is a tough world. Often, in the name of "progress" and "success" we walk over and leave behind many people.

I think there can be and should be another way, a different way, a better way. Jesus' way!

What do you think?

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

We are back!

Well we have all made it back. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. I believe that we all were changed in ways both large and small.

I will post more on our experiences later but I just wanted to stop by and remind you that there is still a lot pf people in this country who are struggling to recover. Recover from Natural Disasters or financial disasters or personal disasters or spiritual disasters.

The world needs more compassion and more caring.

Let's not ever forget our brothers and sisters who are still struggling.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Here we go!

Tomorrow morning ten of us will be headed out to Dulac, Louisiana. We are going on a one week Mission trip. It is an exciting time for us as we get close and closer to actually getting onto the plane and heading out. We do not know what to expect and that unknown is actually part of the excitement.

It never seems like there is enough time to get ready for a trip like this, there is always more things that need to be done and more people you need to contact. Yet, in a few short hours all those thoughts will have to be left behind.

I am very excited to see what the next week will bring, how will the ten of us respond to our surroundings. Will we be a blessing to the people of Dulac, just as I am sure they will be a blessing to us?

This is gonna be exciting!