I announced in my last post (Gone Fishing), that I am taking a short break from blogging due to health issues. As you read that post you most likely assumed that I was cutting back on other areas of my life as an extension of what I was dealing with. This assumption was right except for one thing.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
I tried to refuse the self-checkout. I would like to say it was out of some sort of duty to those who will lose their jobs. It’s not that I’m not sympathetic, that I’m not sad to see people replaced by machines, but if I’m honest with myself, I’m more upset at my loss. I don’t always trust those machines. It’s a lot of work for me to make sure that the price that comes up when I scan my item is the right price. Besides, those machines have no personality. You don’t get to chat about the weather or politics or any other meaningless topic that comes to mind. I guess you could try but it would be a one way conversation. The only thing the machine ever says to me is, “how did we do today?”(more…)
This is not my normal way of introducing myself. In fact, I have never introduced myself as Jonah. I don’t think I look like a Jonah. I’m not really sure what he looks like, I just know I don’t look like a Jonah. Still, there is something in me that is just like Jonah. There is something that causes me to question, to wonder, are these really the type of people God wants to offer a second chance?(more…)
Think about it, God’s gift is one of the few Christmas gifts that does not require assembly.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV)
It has been a long road of recovery, one that has and still takes unexpected twists and turns. Pain has not been conquered by medication and treatments. Time may heal all wounds but moving like I am a 90 year old until I am 90 years old isn’t as much time healing all wounds as it is time and wounds finally matching. Through all this there is one thing that hurts the most and it probably isn’t what you would expect.(more…)