Archive for December, 2007

Gifts, Gifts, Gifts…

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

Presents

Wrapping up before Christmas

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

Today I finished my last major project before the end of the year. I had to preach all four services again this weekend which was my last sermon on 2007. I find myself tonight with a heart full of gratitude. 2007 has been a great year for me personally, professionally, and in pretty much every other category I can think of. I feel a great sense of blessing this Christmas to have a wonderful family, a great job, and I get to share life with a great group of church members, staff, and friends. I’ll be away for a few days next week, but I probably try to blog some while I’m out. Thank you to each of you who enrich my life in ways beyond explanation.

Merry Christmas everyone!

thirty by thirty

Friday, December 14th, 2007

In exactly three months from today, a big event is happening in my life. I’m leaving my 20’s behind, and turning the big 3-0! Inspired by a good friend who committed to a similar goal, I’m going to try to lose 30 pounds in preparation for that big day. Don’t worry. I definitely have 30 to lose, and this is the best time to do it.

A few years ago, I lost a little over 20, but I was younger then. I’m not sure how easy it’s going to be this time. One thing I do know is that over the next three months, my diet will not include what I had for dinner tonight.

Fettucini

That’s my homemade Chicken Fettucini which I adore. Unfortunately, pasta is my downfall. I’m miss you, my carbohydrate goodness.

I’ll keep you posted on the progress, but if you see me around, don’t feed me.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Ham

Leave me your answer in the comments.

A Christmas Poem for Peace

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

The following is a poem that I shared at the end of my message last night at Saturday Night worship.

Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem by Maya Angelou

Into this climate of fear and apprehension, Christmas enters,

Streaming lights of joy, ringing bells of hope

And singing carols of forgiveness high up in the bright air.

The world is encouraged to come away from rancor,

Come the way of friendship.

It is the Glad Season.

Thunder ebbs to silence and lightning sleeps quietly in the corner.

Flood waters recede into memory.

Snow becomes a yielding cushion to aid us

As we make our way to higher ground.

Hope is born again in the faces of children

It rides on the shoulders of our aged as they walk into their sunsets.

Hope spreads around the earth. Brightening all things,

Even hate which crouches breeding in dark corridors.

In our joy, we think we hear a whisper.

At first it is too soft. Then only half heard.

We listen carefully as it gathers strength.

We hear a sweetness.

The word is Peace.

It is loud now. It is louder.

Louder than the explosion of bombs.

We tremble at the sound. We are thrilled by its presence.

It is what we have hungered for.

Not just the absence of war. But, true Peace.

A harmony of spirit, a comfort of courtesies.

Security for our beloveds and their beloveds.?

We welcome the Peace of Christmas.