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May 30, 2011

Only in America

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…


“While the storm clouds gather far across the sea, Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free,

Let us all be grateful for a land so fair, As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer…

‘God Bless America, Land that I love.

Stand beside her, and guide her, Thru the night with a light from above.

From the mountains, to the prairies,

To the oceans, white with foam…

God bless America, My home sweet home.’”

                Irving Berlin


The breezes this morning were warm and soft as I walked outside to place our American Flag at half-mast, as reverently as I could, in its place of honor in the mount on the outside of our home. 

It’s always an emotional day for me. 

I find it hard to talk and express what I am feeling while emotions pour forth from the past as I reflect on the lives we pause to honor today.

Only in America.  God bless America.   (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 1:45 pm
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May 23, 2011

Have We Forgotten?


            “If you meet me and forget me you have lost nothing, but if you meet Jesus Christ and forget Him, you have lost everything.”  Anonymous.


            The question haunted me as this Monday morning unfolded on the occasion of our precious daughter-in-law Amy’s birthday, and just a week from the remembrances we as a nation will pause for on Memorial Day.   

Have we forgotten? 

            As the morning sunshine began to slowly trickle though the shades over the windows in my upstairs office, the memories lingered from yesterday as I tried to wrap my brain around that question and contemplate the stark reality of what seemed to be the answer of our today.  (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 3:20 pm
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May 16, 2011

Beyond the Walls

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…


“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.

Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted;

But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;

                                                They shall mount up with wings like eagles;

They shall run and not be weary;

                                                                                They shall walk and not faint.”

                                                                                                Isaiah 40: 29-31 (ESV)


It was the last big house his family lived in when he was a child.  A beautiful old colonial style home with wide, wrap-around porches.  As the money got tighter they had to move; and after that the moves to new towns became more frequent and the houses got smaller and smaller.  That was his take on it anyway as a twelve-year-old then and as he grew up from there.

And it had a stone wall. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:32 pm
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May 9, 2011

A Sheltering Tree–Friendship

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…


“Friendship is a sheltering tree;  O! the Joys, that came down shower-like, of friendship, love and liberty, ere I was old!”                  

“Youth and Age,” Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Jonathan was endowed with great mental ability, high and noble morality, was handsome and possessed a heart as big as all outdoors.  And as the elder son of the current and first king of Israel, Saul, he was also next in line for that most prestigious of positions.  Anyone who was anyone at all knew it, and also, that the day was imminent for his advancement. 

Instead, his best friend David—whom he loved—received the promotion that all the world knew he was the heir apparent to receive.  (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 8:30 pm
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May 2, 2011

A Renewed Sense of Youthful Wonder

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…


This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalm 118:  24 (ESV)


            How did you wake up this morning? 

I mean beyond rubbing your eyes, rolling out of bed and wobbling through your early morning rituals.  I mean before your usual morning infusion of caffeine, did you sense a twinge of excitement with each successive step toward the coffee pot?  Was there a sense that something unexpected might occur today (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 5:25 pm
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