Reflections from our trip to
April 4, 2009
1. We drove past the last homes of my great grand-parents and visited the graveyard in
2. Kalida, OH – Moses remarked about the massive Catholic church – impressive and beautiful structure in the midst of small town surrounded by fields.
5. The people of WMFC are near and dear friends. We were welcomed back with glad faces and much joy.
6. God is good. As I sat in the sanctuary at Wilmore Free Methodist I saw several people who at different seasons had significant struggles in life and faith. Some of these stories were not concluded when we left
7. The world economic situation has personal repercussions. The seminary is having to scramble for revenue and is cutting jobs and programs. Graduates are straining to find jobs in fields that they are prepared for and interested in. Our brother-in-law’s job, working for a parts supplier to GM, may be done if GM files for bankruptcy.
8. A biblical theologian made the following comment: “I can believe that God loves the world, I can believe that God loves sinners, I can believe that God loves the church, I’m beginning to believe that God loves me.”
9. A historical theologian made the following comment: “I’m beginning to get over my sense of guilt and able to receive grace.”
10. I was asked why we home school our kids. After giving a three point answer, the questioner replied, “you’re going for character formation, for developing persons, and not simply knowledge transfer.” My response – this has implications for the parish too.
11. God can do big things with little churches. The Friends church we served in Amboy while in college isn’t huge – somewhere around 100 or less in Sunday morning attendance. But for the past 10 years they’ve been running Upward basketball, reaching about 120-150 kids a week and their families. Several people have received Christ and others have found a community of faith to belong to.
12. Hospitality is quite possibly one of the most profound spiritual gifts. Being on the receiving end is hard, but essential for grace and joy to flow. Diane Munoz has the gift of hospitality – that’s one of the reasons she’s such a great Hospice Chaplain, and why we’ve always enjoyed her company.
13. You know you’re loved when people favor you with
14. One improvement in hospitality we need to make is in our guest bed – it’s time to get a Tempurpedic mattress for the guest room. Once you sleep on a Tempurpedic mattress you hate sleeping anywhere else.
15. God takes care of a lot of things we fret over in a moment. He takes care of people who leave his path for a while. He restores relationships that look to be irreparably broken. He answers kindly to the prayers of His people regarding their children and grandchildren. His mercy is new everyday.
16. ½ inch PVC pipe 2 foot in length makes great dart tubes/guns.
18. The new
19. Delta the dog – not a great idea to take a dog on a trip. Hair everywhere.
20. Protestants turning to
22. White is the color for barns in
23. Driving with a GPS is a hilarious experience. Being a co-pilot is not so hilarious.
24. A Chevy small block 350 motor in a Massey Harris 30 (tractor) looks exhilarating. Mr. Boyer knows how to put an amazing tractor together.
25. Dr. Steve Lennox, Biblical Professor at IWU, continues to be warm and generous in his spirit. The boys loved seeing his pictures from
26. Old Friends Horse Farm near
27. Coming home is exciting. The anticipation for the trip and going on it were great fun. Aravis exclaimed with gusto when we drove in the garage – “We’re home.” Everyone was glad to be home.