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July 25, 2011

Captured

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity.”              Jeremiah 29: 11-14b (NIV)

 

            Her words still pierce me today as they did that night nearly thirty-seven years ago as midnight neared.  As they usually were, her words were soft, understanding and with a tone of forgiveness, but resolute with the eternal values that shaped the person she was, and remains, to this day.  (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 3:24 pm
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July 18, 2011

All is Well

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

 

“For this is what the Lord says—He who created the heavens, He is God; He who fashioned and made the earth, He founded it; He did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited—He says:     I am the Lord, and there is no other.” 

Isaiah 45: 18 (NIV)

 

            It’s happening again this morning as I sit here with you.  I am once again being reminded of the truth of that scripture.  It seems to happen in the rising fullness of each new day. 

Because no matter the clouds which cover the day, or the storms which gather and threaten, or which ultimately come;  no matter the darkness of the world around me, each new morning always seems to come with a fresh reminder of the promise, which in our better moments we know to be true, that—

All is well.  All is well.

Really, though, you’d have to wonder.  (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 2:20 pm
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July 11, 2011

Hannah

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

 

“[Jesus] said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these…’  And He took the children in His arms, put His hands on them and blessed them.”  Mark 10: 14, 16

 

            It’s dark outside.  “Actually…” as my Granddaughter Hannah would begin a sentence when she is about to make a gentle correction with something I just said or which she heard—”it is pitch black outside this morning”—as I sit here this morning reflecting on the events of the last few days encompassing the celebration of Hannah’s twelfth birthday. 

            It was also dark outside that morning twelve years ago when we received Nathan’s call telling us (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 11:08 pm
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July 4, 2011

America–A Fork in the Road

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

 

“Remember this, fix it in mind, take it to heart, you rebels,

Remember the former things, those of long ago;

I am God, and there is no other;

I am God, and there is no one like me.” 

Isaiah 46: 8-9

 

            America—standing at a fork in the road. 

The air was warm and limp outside this morning I as walked out to get the newspaper and to post the American Flag in its place on our home.  The memories of past Independence Days flooded over me. 

The traditions of time with family in the mountains, with cool breezes blowing through the trees; a tradition begun many years ago with Lynda’s Mom and Dad and carried on through the years with Nathan and then his family. Memories of the grill going, of shucking corn on the cob, and waiting for Lynda’s sister’s famous sour cream peach pies, and of playing games, and then in the last few years watching the small town fireworks through the reflections in my Granddaughters’ eyes. 

And on this glorious Independence Day, this Fourth of July, I wonder (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 10:52 pm
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