Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
Have you ever encountered a
look-alike? I saw my mom at church
today. Oh, I know it wasn't really her
as she has been dead for many years now; however, from the side profile, this
lady looked so much like my mother, Mary.
She had the same gray hair sprinkled with white strands as my mom. Even the cut and style, full of body and waves,
reminded me of mom’s hair. Her blouse
resembled something my mom would wear with orange, brown, and yellow
I found myself staring at this lady throughout the service. I kept hoping she would turn so I could see
more of her face – knowing she would probably no longer remind me of my
mom. In the end, as she turned to leave,
I saw that she did not resemble my mom from the front. As I think about this lady, I feel lead to pray for her, a stranger, this
week; praying for good things in her life. As I reflect on this experience, it made me
think more about praying for strangers; something I should do more often.
In her book, Praying for Strangers,
River Jordan states, “Praying for Strangers is specifically about connecting
with one person at a time. To do so, one must first become aware, really aware
of the human condition in a personal way. As you move through the days ahead,
don't let the need to pray for someone rule your mind. Don't think it. Just
open your eyes. Truly, open your eyes. In the course of any given day you will
cross paths with many people through your life or by way of social and mass
Monday, September 22, 2014
DATA DAY - Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (and eat some ice cream)! OK...so I added the last part!
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Lock Down - Sparkling little eyes peeking at me from under tables, counters, and desks. This was the scene this week as we once again practiced our lockdown procedures at school. Lockdowns have become a routine part of the school culture; however, I continue to feel emotional as I look at these little faces trying to follow all the lockdown procedures. It breaks my heart that this is America! I’m not sad that our schools run these drills, I’m grateful for it. I’m sad that I’m grateful for it.