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March 30, 2009

Look Deeper

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

 

“Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it was written, ‘Do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion; see, your King is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt,’” John 12: 14, 15 (NIV)

 

            He was a friend close enough to know I cared, and in that friendship, trusting enough to allow me to ask a revealing question when I saw him approaching our group not too long ago with an obvious limp in his otherwise fluid gate.

            “Why are you limping?” I inquired as he stopped to join in our conversation.

            “I’m not,” he defended, “I’m just dragging my leg.”

            Things aren’t always what they appear to be. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 12:56 pm
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March 23, 2009

Throw Your Cap Over the Wall

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

 

When Jesus saw [the invalid] lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, He asked him, “Do you want to get well?” 

            “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred.  While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

                                                                        John 5:6-7 (NIV)

 

            There’s an old Irish legend I was reminded of again this morning as I was reflecting on the things which had already filled the rest of the day and were quickly setting the agenda for the rest of the week.  The timing couldn’t have been better to help me get over what seemed to be an ever-growing mountain of stuff.

            It seems that these two Irish lads were on their way to somewhere else for the day, when they came upon a wall seemingly too high to scale.  (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 3:11 pm
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March 16, 2009

All the Possibilities

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

 

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

John 10:10 (NKJV)

 

It’s a bit overcast outside my window this morning as my bride, Lynda, has just driven off with our two Granddaughters, Hannah and Ellie Kate, to return them to Tampa.  The gray cloud cover has pretty well blocked the morning sunshine, even though recollections from my better moments remind me that somewhere up there it is waiting to break through into my day. 

But, not now.  I’m having a bit of trouble imagining that this morning. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 2:07 pm
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March 9, 2009

I Believe…In What?

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

 

“I believe for every drop of rain that falls, a flower grows.

I believe that somewhere in the darkest night, a candle glows.

I believe for everyone who goes astray,

Someone will come to show the way.

I believe.  I believe.”  (Graham, Shirl, Drake & Stillman)

 

            The morning sunshine is coming an hour later today now that Daylight Savings Time has turned our clocks ahead an hour, and so as I sit here I can see only darkness outside my upstairs windows.  Experience tells me that I can believe that the morning light is about to break over the horizon.

            How about you…do you believe it? 

I didn’t see a lot of that “belief” happening the other day, as I carried out some errands around town which Lynda had asked me to do.  As I drove around and wandered through stores and the mall, it became eerily apparent to me that I saw fewer smiles and heard less laughter among those I walked by or met on that journey than I had remembered from times in the recent past. 

It was a bit like sitting in the darkness this morning. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 4:30 pm
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March 2, 2009

Family

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

 

“Every time you go away you take a piece of me with you.”  Paul Young

 

          It’s a tradition that breathed deeply again this morning as our younger Granddaughter, Ellie Kate, was to return home after spending a few days with us in Gainesville.  Lynda and I usually participate with our basset hound Lily, but today it was just Lily and me since Lynda was leaving with Ellie Kate to meet her Daddy midway between here and Tampa.

            I watched, braved a smile, and returned their wave with my fingers displaying the universal “I love you” symbol, as the car carrying them slowly pulled away from me and made its way down the street until it turned the distant curve from sight.  That was my cue to kick the next stage of our tradition into gear, as I ran through the garage into the kitchen, called to Lily, who bounded out of her chair and followed me out the back door across the side yard to the fence bordering the golf course.  (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 5:55 pm
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