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Transitions   Leave a comment

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Yesterday I spent the day helping my Dad go through one of life’s transitions.  He will be moving today from an apartment to a care center.  In recent months, he has had more frequent times of confusion and some memory loss.  In order to help him remain safe and healthy, my sisters and I agreed with the physician that it was time to move Dad to a place where he would have readily available assistance and some oversight.

Transitions often are not easy.  When changes occur in life there is need for adaptation and an acceptance that life is not going to be quite the same.  Often during times of transition, there is some level of grief.  This grief is the result of facing that there is some sort of “end”.  However, with an end there is also a beginning.  So while transitions mark the end of something in our lives, they also mark the start of something new.o

As a believer in Christ, I believe this can even be said about death.  I believe that death is a transition.  It is a transition from the life that we know and understand at this point to the life that the Lord tells us about and promises to each of us.  Again, this transition is not always easy.  It can be difficult for those who remain in the life we know now.  The events leading up to the transition can be difficult for the person who will experience it.  Yet, even this transition carries with it a beginning.  The beginning after death is a new life that will not see an end.  The beginning of a life that does not include the hardships, struggles, and pains of the life we know now.

I realize that Dad’s transition this week is one of those events that occur on the path to a greater transition which includes death.  However, I keep in mind that all transitions include a beginning and I celebrate the possibilities in that reality.


Something Better   Leave a comment

Empty Tomb

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Well, the busyness of the Easter holiday has come and gone for another year.  As I was reflecting on all I heard and experienced during last week and Sunday morning, I realized how Easter propels me to always be anticipating the “something better.”  Now let me first say that this does not exclude me from living in the present.  If we are always looking to the future, we can miss the wonderful aspects of today.  However, as a believer, I know that what I see and experience around me today is not all there is to life.  Easter reminds me that there is something more, something better, planned for my life.

The promises given and solidified in the actions of Jesus on Good Friday and on Easter morning are promises that are real for me in my life.  As Jesus tells the criminal on the cross next to him, I have the same promise that I will be with the Lord in paradise.  This points me to a better reality, a better existence than the one that I experience now.  The promise is real and given to all people without regard for their past behaviors or social status.  My belief in Jesus Christ and what Jesus did and said is the guarantee of the fulfillment of that promise.

So even as I live in today and enjoy the blessings of the Lord that are found in this day, I know that the Lord has something better planned for me.  Each day and the changes that I experience in that day moves me closer to that “something better.”  I long for the completion of God’s plan in my life.  I long for the steps along the way that move closer to that reality.  I long for something better.


Predictions   2 comments


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It seems this week contains a lot of predictions.  Today in my area there is a prediction for a high amount of snow fall and blizzard-like conditions.  We all know about the prediction that the Mayans are supposedly to have made that the world will end on this Friday.  This week in the sports section of the newspaper, there were predictions regarding major changes in 2013.  I guess there is a part of me that would like to know what special gifts people have for making all these predictions.  I struggle to predict what will occur in the next five minutes, let alone 72 hours, twelve months, or thousands of years.  Yes, I realize that there are models that the weather people use which are based on scientific studies and probabilities but I think about the many times that those models do not match reality as it happens.  So my question is this, what good are predictions?  I think more important than actually answering my first question is answering another question, why are predictions important to us?

When it comes to the weather, predictions help us in planning and in providing some level of safety.  Even though we realize that the weather predictions are not fail-proof, we know that there is some level of accuracy to them.  These predictions help us to determine our travel plans, plans for outdoor activities, and preparations for potential bad weather.  The help to keep us safe by alerting us to tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, and the likelihood of those occurring.  So weather predictions become important in the planning of our lives and protection our lives.

Predictions regarding the end of the world, however, lack any credibility or importance.  The prediction claim is that since the Mayans ended a calendar on December 21, 2012 so they must have obviously known that the world would end on that day.  That seems absolutely ludicrous to me.  I agree with some individuals observations that the calendar may have ended on that day because they ran out of room.  This seems much more of a likely scenario than the prediction that the world is going to end.

As far as the sports predictions, it really does not have a significant impact on my life so I do not become concerned with any of their predictions.  In fact, sports predictions are often less accurate than weather predictions by far and they are solely based on opinion.  Besides that, any one that can tell me they understand the mind of a coach, a professional athlete, or a college athlete, seems a bit shady at best.

The only predictions or prophesies that I care about are the ones that I find in Scripture.  The reason is that they are not predictions but instead are promises.  Since the fulfillment of those promises can be proven time and time again, I have confidence in the statements.  Since God is the one making the promises, I have even more confidence in the statements.  Since they directly impact me and are expressions of love, I have even more confidence in them.

So, best wishes on the predictions of the week.  I’m going to stick with the eternal predictions of my Lord.

Worth waiting for   Leave a comment


Today as I volunteered at the Living History Farms in the Agriculture Building, I was able to watch the never ending line of people waiting to see the butter cow.  It made me stop and think about what we may determine is with waiting for. 

What is it in your life that you are willing to wait for?

I think for me one is a combination of relationships and seeing people achieve the potential I can see in them.  I continue to work on building relationships that I feel will give me the opportunity to help the person grow toward their potential.

Another thing worth waiting for is the fulfillment of the Lord’s promises.  The Lord has not failed me yet so I will wait as the Lord continues with the fulfillment of all that he has promised.