“Giving Thanks… When the Cupboards are Empty”

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Just outside my office windows, both at home and here at the church–– neighborhood gray squirrels are scampering around the lawns… each one storing away provisions (primarily acorns) in their private little cache. Later this month or next, they’ll do their best to unearth the stash that is stored away so hastily today.  For the most part, I’m told the …

“That Rock Is…”

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Just outside my office window, here at the church; landscaping rocks fill the perimeter of the parking area, along the building. Ranging from fist-sized to regulation football–– they are nothing in comparison to the outcropping of rock described by David, in Psalm 61.  He writes: “Hear my cry, O God; give heed to my prayer. From the end of the …

“The Mighty Oak!”

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Under the shadow of the “mighty oak”— some of the sidewalks here at the church are strewn with acorns of every imaginable shape and size. Last week, when I stopped by in fellowship hall to look in on our youth ministry “Kid’s Club”… several of the children had collected a cup-full of colorful acorns.  Walking home that evening, I couldn’t …

From My Office Window…

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Outside my office, here at the church… a number of spiders have taken up residence— weaving their intricate webs between the screens and the windows. I’m reminded of the children’s story written by E. B. White: Charlotte’s Web. It is the story of a pig named Wilbur and a barnyard spider named Charlotte. Central to the story is the realization …