Saturday, September 15, 2018

Day #1719

September 15, 2018 

Today I’m following and praying for folks, friends and family on the east coast in the path and aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Wind and flood can be so dangerous and devastating. Praying for safety and minimal damage!!!

Blessings.

Day #1718

September 14, 2018 

Camping quickly came to an end. But we’re already thinking about the next time. Uh oh!!

Today, however, I am grateful that all seemed to go well back home. I guess I’m not quite ready to be out of “service” too often or too long. 

Blessings.

Day #1717

September 13, 2018 

This seems to be a big part of the camping experience, right?! Relaxing!!! No cell service!! No television! So far, soooo good!!!

Oh, and then there is the scenery:


And the elk bugling and watching is awesome (the video won't work, but the still shot is really cool, too):

I’m thinking I like this stuff!!

Blessings.

Day #1716


September 12, 2018

Well, today we begin a new adventure - camping. There are so many beautiful places to see in this glorious state that we thought trying camping would be a good idea. Also, if we decide one day to travel more, it might be good to see if we even like living in a trailer. So we took a “sensible” route and tried renting. 

This will be home for the next couple of nights. And we're off....


Blessings.

Day #1715

September 11, 2018

Today marks seventeen (17!!) years since life seemed to change in ways we are still trying to discover and overcome. That is a long time! In fact, for many, it is a lifetime ago. I’m thinking of the youth who weren’t even born on that fateful day 17 years ago. They don’t know how it was that all seemed just fine when we woke up only to have life shattered for so many in just minutes. 

Oh, that the world would never know another few minutes of change like those!! Lord, have mercy!!

Blessings.

Day #1714

September 10, 2018 

The prayer this week is for the world post-9/11/01:
Almighty God, nearly each generation has some defining moment of change. A moment when we realize we are not who we should be in relationship with one another. As we move through this week, we pray that you would guide us more toward ways of living with one another in peace and justice. We also pray for the safety of those who care for others - first responders, fire-fighters, police - and for the leaders of the world to make wise and equitable decisions.
Blessings.

Day #1713

September 9, 2018 

This seemed to be worth sharing. 

Another visual (sorry for the blurry) reminder of what it means to try to rely on our own works in order to be in good relationship with God instead of trusting God’s love and grace for us.

Also, after being “across the alley” for a Sunday of joint worship, it was good to come home. It’s like enjoying time away on vacation - it's lots of fun. But when you return, your own home can certainly look good and be comfortable.

Lastly, the start of something new - P.S. The idea is for post-sermon conversation - questions someone wants to ask, ideas to bounce around, and including how we have seen God working during the last week. We'll see how it goes, but it seems to be off to a good start.  

Blessings.

Day #1712

September 8, 2018 

The Women of the ELCA provided another wonderful potluck salad luncheon with delicious and plentiful food, great fellowship, and an encouraging and thought-provoking program. We said a farewell to one who has been very active in years past and is now leaving for another state. We sang, we laughed, we may have even shed a tear. Thank you, ladies, once again. What more could we ask for?

Well, maybe an amazing sunset to end the day. Boy, this big-sky country certainly puts on a show!!!

Blessings.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Day #1711

September 7, 2018

So, Boomer gave me a card with this picture on the front:

Then, at breakfast, he does his own re-creation:

It’s like he’s saying, did I hear it’s your birthday, mom?! Love you! Hahaha!

Thanks to all who’ve helped make today a great birthday. Love and hugs to all!

Blessings.

Day #1710

September 6, 2018 

Today was the monthly Ladies: Let’s Do Lunch. You’ve read before how much fun these times together can be, but today was exceptionally fun for me. They made it a celebration with cake and cards and singing and joy all around. I am blessed to be among these wonderful folks who remind me often they are glad I am here. They are awesome!

Blessings.

P.S. Wish I hadn't been in such a hurry to cut the cake - I didn't even get a picture. It was certainly delicious, though! Thank you!!!

Day #1709

September 5, 2018 

The calendar has turned and Labor Day has passed. It is looking a lot like fall is coming quickly. Daylight is getting shorter, kids are back to school, and the schedule is getting busier.

With all that said, there are some really good things that summer ending brings. Like gathering again for coffee/breakfast with the High School youth before school on Wednesdays. Today was the first day back and it’s so much fun to be with them. Thank you for starting off the mid-day of the week in such a great way! 

Blessings.

Day #1708

September 4, 2018 

Often the Daily Intersection comes through what others say and do. For instance, business/service folks who go above and beyond in making certain the job is done well and the customer is pleased. Good service shows care for the other.

The best, however, came toward the end of today. We have been working on sanding and re-staining the railing on our front deck. Being at the staining stage, it has become tedious. A neat thing happened when our neighbor, riding his four-wheeler, stopped to watch me. You’re doing a really good job, he said. Thank you, I said, for encouraging me to keep going. Well, it looks great, he continued, you’re creating a masterpiece. What a sweet thing - for a 1st grade boy to notice and say. Thank you for being an encourager, especially at such a young age. Impressive! You can come visit anytime - there's a long way to go to finish! :-)

Blessings.

Day #1707

September 3, 2018 

A prayer for Labor Day:
God of all, we give thanks for the different ways of employment to which you call us to serve. Some focus on the use of our hands, some with tools, some with minds, some with creativity, and more. Whatever we do as jobs give praise to you when our vocation is first and foremost being a Child of God. Give us strength to do our jobs and help us to see how we can share about you each day through what we say and do. For those, Lord, who are retired from public work, give them the reminder that their lives are as important to sharing your good news as ever. And for those whose job is learning and being educated, help them also see the importance of being trained and that they have an important place in your kingdom. Amen. 
Blessings.

Day #1706

September 2, 2018 

We were welcomed "across the alley" for a joint worship service today with our neighbors, the Presbyterian congregation. Worship was lively and full and joy-filled/joyful, with a cowboy theme. Classic hymns, conversation around the campfire about the scripture, root beer floats at fellowship all made for a great morning. 

Then, a little later, Boomer’s first fishing trip in the boat. 


A short trip and he did well. Been a busy couple of days for him. :-)

Blessings.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Day #1705

September 1, 2018

Today’s Daily Intersection is brought to you by Boomer. 


What could be more evident of God’s love and care for us and all of creation than getting out and enjoying a ride in the country? In the truck, watching ducks, certainly means a God-day!

Blessings.

Day #1704

August 31, 2018

What happens when 20+ people get together to play cards/games? They enjoy one another’s company. They enjoy good food. They laugh. They tease. They learn about one another. They form/reinforce friendships. Basically they have a good time. Yes, we certainly did!

Blessings.

Day #1703

August 30, 2018

Today was another of those days where experiences or events were so varied it’s hard to imagine they all relate to one vocation. Everything from good conversation with colleagues; a beginning to a birthday celebration with a generous and caring partner in ministry; appreciating an anniversary of a staff member; planning a worship service; a good meeting; getting some rest; reading; answering emails, text messages, and calls; and the list could go on and on. In other words, a really good day with God evident in the midst of it all!

Blessings.

Day #1702

August 29, 2018 

I found a note in my Bible today that is very important. The note said: the reality of God and God’s grace does not rely on my belief or trust. God is God, whether I believe that or not. And whether I believe does not make God more real or less real.

Humbling, isn’t it. It is a statement/fact that makes me grateful God is God and I am not. So whether or not I (or anyone else for that matter) believe does not change God. Thankfully!

Blessings.

Day #1701

August 28, 2018 

While having a conversation with someone in the community today, I was reminded of how connected we humans really are. It isn’t unusual for folks to know some of the same people, I suppose. After all, the way connections are made on FaceBook are evidence of just how few the degrees of separation between us humans really are. 

Sometimes, however, the seemingly randomness of connections are almost overwhelming in how important they really are. I suppose it’s just another reminder that we never know when we interact with someone who we may really be impacting. And Who ultimately brings us all together. Thanks be to God!

Blessings.