The First Joel

The First Joel – This week is special Sunday edition of my “amusings”, as it is our son Joel’s 33rd birthday, which seems hardly possible.

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Because We Say So – As a birthday greeting to Joel, I am sharing one of Eileen and my first pre-blog “A Dad’s Devotions” that we had prepared for Joel when he turned 21. Continue reading “The First Joel”

A Wife Of Noble Character

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Proverbs 31:10-12A wife of noble character who can find?  She is worth far more than rubies.  Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.  She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. (NIV 1984)

My Musing – As much as I want to believe that I found her, it was God who brought Eileen into my life.  While we’ve faced many challenges in our journey together, she has always maintained a noble character and has always brought me good. It’s now been forty-two years since we became one.  Happy Anniversary to the love of my life!

 

 

Fade To Black (And White)

Fade To Black (And White)

Eileen and I have now been married nearly forty-two years and have known each other forty-four. This coming January, Joshua will have been gone twenty-five years. Joel has been out of college ten years and is nearly thirty-three.  And now, Eileen and I are back to where it all began – empty nesters.

Fade 1There has been a “whole lot of living” in all of those years. And as promised at the beginning, we trust that we have given you a glimpse into how God has brought about good and how He has blessed us with joy and peace in the midst of affliction and sorrow. Continue reading “Fade To Black (And White)”

Random Thoughts On Aging*

*And What Comes After

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If you’ve been following my blogs, you know by now that my Sunday “amusings” start off with something a tad bit humorous (like this caricature of the Village People and their performance of the YMCA), but quickly moves on to things a bit more serious.  This week is no exception. Continue reading “Random Thoughts On Aging*”

But God Looked On Able With Favor

But God Looked On Able With Favor

“By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice…by faith he was commend as a righteous man.” (Hebrews 11:4, NIV)

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God did not offer to give us a “normal” child in exchange for Joshua. He gave us one in addition to Josh – our youngest son Joel. In comparison to Joshua, Joel’s life may not seem quite so extraordinary – at least not at first glance. But that would miss the mark by a wide margin. It has merely been a different kind of extraordinary.

However, this section of Our Family Album almost never was. Continue reading “But God Looked On Able With Favor”

Cain’t Leaves His Mark

Cain’t Leaves His Mark
“Cain said to the Lord, ‘My [affliction] is more than I can bear’.” (Genesis 4:13, NIV)

The story of our oldest son Joshua, a life that was marked by what he could not or “Cain’t” do.

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There comes a time in everyone’s life when only pictures and memories remain. Such is the case with our oldest son Joshua, who died in 1993 when he was only nine. Some images remain clear and some have faded. But memories, and the feelings and emotions that accompany the memories, are all we have left until we are reunited. And those memories tell an amazing story of God’s power and grace. Continue reading “Cain’t Leaves His Mark”

All About Eve

All About Eve
“Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of…” (Genesis 3:20, NIV)

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Not long after Eileen and I started dating, my mom called me aside one evening with some information that she thought I should know. Eileen’s mom had confided to my mom that Eileen was diabetic. Eileen had not yet worked up the nerve to tell me herself, but my mom thought I should know it in case some diabetic complications were to occur while Eileen and I were out on a date.

At that time I knew of diabetes but not much about diabetes. So I decided that I needed to learn a little more. Continue reading “All About Eve”