Monday, Monday

Monday, Monday

It was the first Monday after Christmas, our office was closed for the week, and I stopped by church to clean up some of my messes left after the holiday services and make a few notes for next year. I also planned to give Chris a ride to STL to refill his water buckets. Why in the world I was thinking God might be taking an extra day of rest with me now sounds ridiculous – because he certainly was not.

Immanuel

Immanuel

Immanuel is a name that has always been special to me. Monica and I grew up at Immanuel Lutheran of Frankentrost – a congregation our ancestors helped establish back in 1847. “The Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7.14)

Bad Thoughts

Bad Thoughts

I know that at the beginning it was a dream, but at some point – I know not when or where – I became awake. It started at a small, two-pump Marathon station way down south. I pulled in with my Trax to get some gas because I was driving on fumes. Other family members were following me in the van. I pulled up to the pump and began fueling the motorcycle I was driving. It needed less than a gallon – it was the family van that I had been driving that really needed gas.

Thinking Ahead

Thinking Ahead

A decade or two ago we developed the habit of decorating our home for Christmas on the day after Thanksgiving. The thought was simple – the season gets very busy, comes with its own particular pressures, and we sincerely enjoy the decorations. By doing it right away on that ‘free day’ we addressed all three of those concerns. We called it “thinking ahead.”

Hacked and Haggard

Hacked and Haggard

No, I do not want you to send me an Amazon gift card. To be totally truthful, I would never ask you to get something like that for me. And if, though I pray not, you did purchase one for me, it is most likely on its way to Ethiopia or Nigeria – the source of the request. Believe it or not, I have been to neither of those countries, nor any other foreign land outside of Canada.

Upsurge

Upsurge

Over this past week I heard of over a half dozen individuals who tested positive with COVID. Some of them were hospitalized – a couple in ICU. I feel blessed to say that Monica and I both tested negative last week. Friends working in hospitals say that admissions for the same are up, though not at an alarming level. It appears as though the anticipated upsurge is upon us.