i am awake

“i am awake” i am awake to the cry of the city i am awake to the needs of the poor i am awake to the call of God i am awake to the possibilities for transformation i am awake to the work of the Spirit i am awake to the joy of serving i am…

Lord, I believe, help my unbelief…

I distinctly remember the hot, late July day I was driving to Michigan to spend the weekend with family, then on to Local Pastors School in northern Ohio and finally returning home for one day before heading to South Africa for almost two weeks.…

…and then some

Have you ever gone the extra mile? I bet if you have you were a blessing to others.I have a friend who is someone who always goes the extra mile. For her children, her husband, her church, her friends, she does whatever she can to be helpful.…

burden or blessing?

Matthew 14:13-21 When Jesus got the news, he slipped away by boat to an out-of-the-way place by himself. But unsuccessfully - someone saw him and the word got around. Soon a lot of people from the nearby villages walked around the lake to where…

have you heard of beginue?

begin-ue (v.):  to begin and continueI learned a new word last night:  beginue.  Meaning:  to begin and continue.   Perhaps it sounds funny, but, it is speaking to me right now.  I'm beginning again.  I'm off to a new church on July…

Ordination at Lakeside, OH

On Wednesday, June 11, 2008 I was ordained as an Elder in the United Methodist Church.  I woke up in the middle of the night on June 12 and quietly said to myself, "I am ordained."  It didn't seem right.The journey to ordination took seven…

How then shall we live?

As I walked through Target this morning, trying to find tea...an illusive item in the midst of beverage options in stores today...I passed a mother and her child.  The little girl, perhaps two years old was eyeing everything in sight.  Bright…

Somewhere

I'm sitting on my couch, watching a Big 10 Basketball game.  I am staying warm and dry and away from the rain outside.  I could stay here.  I am comfortable. July 1, 2008 will bring many changes in my life as I head to Hyde Park Community…

Breath of God

One way to understand who we are and how God is at work in and among us is through exploring our Spiritual Gifts. We all have them.  They are God-given, Spirit endowed gifts.  When the Spirit is at work in us there is holy fire burning, there…

Take Your Temperature

It is flu season.  In the dead of winter the thermometer seems to get used more frequently.   The likelihood someone will get sick is pretty high.   It seems to be a fact of nature.  Even for those of us who had a flu shot.  Our body's…