Once Upon A Valentine

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Genesis 2:24For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.  (NIV 1978)

My Musing – It’s hard to believe that this picture was taken 44 years ago as we were preparing to go to our church’s Valentines day sweetheart banquet.  We had only been dating a few months, but were on our way to falling in love.  Nearly two years later we were married and began quite a journey together that included two wonderful boys.  Today, she remains my sweetheart and is just as beautiful to me as she was in this picture.  God has blessed in so many ways.

An Ordinary Unschooled Man?

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Acts 4:13When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. (NIV 1984)

My Musing – As you might recall, I wrote “A Dad’s Devotions” for my son Joel when he graduated from college.  In the forward I wrote: “My fear: that you will find that I am better at giving advice than I have been at following it. Forgive me. Perfect love drives out fear.”   I might have added as well, “or of living it.”  Today, in this “special edition” of “A Dad’s Devotions” I turn my attention to my dad (who would have turned  86 today), who did live it.

Like Peter and John in the verse above, my dad could be described as an ordinary unschooled man.  But while he may have seemed ordinary Continue reading “An Ordinary Unschooled Man?”

Remembrances of Heaven’s Very Special Child

Remembrances of Heaven’s Very Special Child

A meeting was held quite far from Earth! It’s time again for another birth.

Said the Angels to the LORD above, This Special Child will need much love.

His progress may be very slow. Accomplishments he may not show.
And he’ll require extra care from the folks he meets down there.

He may not run or laugh or play.  His thoughts may seem quite far away,
In many ways he won’t adapt, and he’ll be known as handicapped.

So let’s be careful where he’s sent, we want his life to be content.
Please LORD, find the parents who will do a special job for you.

They will not realize right away the leading role they’re asked to play.
But with this child sent from above, comes stronger faith and richer love.

And soon they’ll know the privilege given, in caring for their gift from Heaven.
Their precious charge, so meek and mild, is HEAVEN’S VERY SPECIAL CHILD.

Edna Massionilla, The Optomist- newsletter for PROUD, Parents Regional Outreach for Understanding Down’s Inc., December 1981.

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My Musing – Every child is precious to our Lord, and in a sense is Heaven’s Very Special Child.  But today, if you will indulge me, I am sharing some remembrances of our oldest son Joshua, who died twenty-five years ago today.  He was only nine years old.  Because he was born with severe physical and mental disabilities (see “Cain’t Leaves His Mark”), there would be no graduation celebrations. No major birthday milestones after his first, as he never lived to see double digits. No Continue reading “Remembrances of Heaven’s Very Special Child”

A Celebration Of The Seasons

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“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1,2 (NIV)

Not exactly numbered among the traditional texts that have become so familiar to us in our celebrations of Christmas over the years. Yet over the years Christmas traditions have slowly eroded, the victims of commercialism, cynicism and political correctness. Not that the Christmas story has lost its relevance or is no longer significant. Or that its meaning is no longer needed or has gone out of style. On the contrary, the need has never been greater or more urgent.

But unless Continue reading “A Celebration Of The Seasons”

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!

 

 

In Memory Of Dad

In Memory Of Dad

Proverbs 23:22Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. (NIV 1984)

My Musing – Each weekday, I’ve been focusing on some devotions and advice that I gave my son Joel upon his college graduation.  Today I am going to switch it up a bit, as today is the first anniversary of my Dad’s death.  Today, my devotional musing goes out in memory of my Dad.

Apart from the work of the Holy Spirit in my life, the greatest impact on my spiritual development has been my Dad and Mom.  To these I owe whatever spiritual legacy I have.

Over the past year, I often found myself thinking, “What would Dad have thought about it?”  Today, one year after his passing, I find myself thinking, “I wish I could talk it over with Dad one more time.”

Dad and Me

Below is a video that my brothers and I collaborated on and that my son Joel produced.  It is a tribute to my Dad’s life.  If you watch until the very end you’ll hear a recording of my Dad saying, “I love you guys very, very much.”  Well Dad, we all miss you very, very much!

 My Advice – Joel, as you read from “A Father’s Devotions,” remember the example of your Grandfather.