Sunday, July 25, 2010

Emerald Isle/Bridgewater trips

We’ve been on the road to visit family. Had a nice visit with all our immediate family while they were vacationing at Emerald Isle. NC. We were there at Jeff and Cathy’s invite for a two night stay. Just long enough for a supper out on the town and to enjoy some beach amenities. On the trip home we ran through a hard rain storm, it’s the only rain we’ve seen for a while.

Saturday we were at the Flory reunion in Bridgewater. Pretty much the same family members there. I’ve already written about the Flory reunion, so if you’re curious just look it up on the search box in this blog. It was a hot day, but we were under a shelter and there was a nice breeze most of the time. Big trees nearby also helped keep it relatively comfortable.

I’m more of a mountain man than beach...but this was a relaxing change from the routine....just a lot of driving all at once....five hours on Friday returning from Emerald Isle and then four more on Saturday. Been relaxing today...and getting up to date on FB and email. Glad we can still run around.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Birthday Prayer

Omega Father the Source...

It is my birthday and I pause to give thanks for your Infinite graciousness to me.In my childhood you spoke to me through the voices of my father and mother. Yet, there was an instance when I came to you in a childhood terror...You comforted me and I knew you really Were.

In my youth, up the side of a Himalayan foothill, I thought that I could take a short cut up the mountainside where no footpath existed and found myself shortly hanging on
for dear life to small shrubbery roots and grass, knowing my life or a terrible fall was very possible. I called out in fear and trembling...and soon a solution and a path allowed my life to continue. It was just You and me, Lord ..and You answered. I never forgot.

I confess in my later youth to have neglected my conversations with you ...though I never was persuaded that You didn’t exist. I asked for guidance in those decisions that chart major life directions and it seemed the answers came from You.

As I have aged and I have had time to look down the long path of our journey together I see more and more clearly where You have spoken to me through family, friends, and
situations. Each encouraged and lifted me up or pointed a way when there was uncertainty.

So here I am Lord in a new place I would never have imagined being. As my body fails with age, You have surrounded me with new mentors bringing me Your words of encouragement. “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil” rings much truer now. It really is the shadow we fear, our imaginings as to how the end will come that causes distress. My soul rests in the confidence that some way, some how, we will meet and I will know you as only one can know You spirit to Spirit.

Thank you for another year! Thank you for permitting me be useful to myself and others. Thank You for increasing my faith by allowing small projects to move forward.

Thank you for the love of family and friends old and new who this day celebrate with me another year lived in Your Grace. In Jesus name, Amen.