In spite of my own inconsistency, lack of discipline and oftentimes lack of a positive spiritual role model, God is faithful and has his hand on my little girl.
To say that our family situation was strained is an understatement. But God is faithful and saw us through. Then something unimaginable happened that has been in my thoughts ever since. Never so close I can't function, but never so far away that I don't shift into thinking about it.
How often do we start out with a noble pursuit for our family or a ministry, but end up so consumed with the process or the work that it becomes the end and we lose perspective?
I ran across this letter I wrote for my dad's retirement "memory book" in November of 2004. I will occasionally post old items that I think fit the purpose of this blog. This one definitely does. You have been my father for a little over 36 years now. And as I consider this major life-transition you find yourself in the midst of, two stories come to mind. Each one reveals a little of the love, wisdom and character you have shown me over the years. In each instance, I, too, was in transition – first from child to youth; then from young adult to man.
This weekend I caught bits of Wayne's World and Wayne's World 2. It's been so long since I've seen these that I really didn't recall the story line. Anyway, in the second one, Wayne is transported several times to a desert where he receives guidance from Jim Morrison. One of the last scenes in the movie has Wayne and Jim discussing the meaning of what transpired. For some reason, I was struck by Jim's perspective. Here's the exchange. Wayne: Jim, why was I supposed to [...]
I was cleaning out some videos and ran across this one I had downloaded from YouTube. It's pretty good.
Riding in today, I was listening to Boortz talk about July 4th now being "dependence" day. It is a shame, but many in our nation have indeed forgotten, or chosen to neglect, this part of our history and heritage. Several years ago I read David McCullough's biography of John Adams. His life is the stuff of movies. As a nation and as individuals in pursuit of our dreams, we owe a great deal to this man and his contemporaries. I don't want to recount all [...]