22
Feb

Windshield of hope

For Pondering:

Time travelers look in the rearview. People of faith look forward through the windshield of hope.

15
Feb

President’s Day

For Pondering:

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”
— Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States

8
Feb

Thaw

For Pondering:

As you await the winter thaw, find a way to embrace the beauty of this season, and await the signs of spring which are just around the corner.

1
Feb

Black History

For Pondering:

On this first day of black history month, it is a good time to remember that black history is American history.   

25
Jan

Growth

For Pondering:

“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.”
-Karen Kaiser Clark

20
Jan

For Pondering:

“Lead by the power of your example, not the example of your power.” -46th President of the United States, Joe Biden, Jr.


As a pastor and a leadership coach, I began a weekly curb sign ministry in front of our house at the beginning of the pandemic–56 life-giving and encouraging weekly “messages,” over 100 neighbors expressing appreciation. 

The yellowing flag flying in the background was flown over the US Capitol in my honor 45 years ago, soon after my high school graduation ceremony held in the White House rose garden shaking hands with the President. I just took it out of its box and flew it for the first time. Today, I am an especially proud American citizen filled with hope and gratitude for the resiliency of the democracy in which I live, and the peaceful succession of Presidential power. 

A thought worth pondering…”How will you lead by the power of your example?”

18
Jan

Restoration

For Pondering this week of the Presidential Inauguration:

 “The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards. It is our duty to defend them against all attacks.”
-Samuel Adams

“America’s present need is not heroics, but healing…not revolution, but restoration.”
-Warren G. Harding, 29th US President 

11
Jan

Becoming

For Pondering:

“Life’s not about expecting, hoping and wishing, it’s about doing, being and becoming.” -Mike Dooley

Let doing, being and becoming, be your work this year!

4
Jan

Blank Pages

For Pondering:

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
-Edith Lovejoy Pierce

28
Dec

2020

For Pondering:

2020 will likely be remembered as the year of great discord, fear, and loss. 

But as this year closes, there is much we can CELEBRATE: 

·  the fastest development of vaccines ever imagined

·  national heroes armed with stethoscopes rather than guns

·  the execution of a fair election in the midst of unprecedented rankor

·  faced with inconvenience and sacrifice, we learned to dig deep to find what we were capable of

·  we learned new ways of communicating and how to rely on one another

·  the NY Times bestsellers were driven by white people trying to better understand their privilege and anti-racism, even as statues and flags were taken down

·  And even after all of the strife, death and separation that 2020 brought

       …GOD IS STILL GOD, 

              LIFE IS STILL GOOD,

        AND THERE IS STILL MUCH IMPORTANT WORK FOR PEOPLE OF FAITH TO DO….  

HAPPY NEW YEAR!