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April 29, 2013

White Outs

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid?

The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?…

For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary.

He will place me out of reach on a high rock…

Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous.

Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”

Psalm 27: 1, 5, 14 (NLT)

So let’s see—what is in front of you today?

Experience any “white outs” yet today?

Here we are together—beginning yet another day, another week. And if we’re honest with each other and ourselves, we might remember that when our feet hit the floor this morning, there was a bit of anxiety in our hearts mixed in with another day of expectations of things we had planned and didn’t plan, but which may occur anyway. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 2:27 pm
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April 22, 2013

One Nation Under God

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Even when I walk, through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.

Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.”

Psalm 23: 4 (NLT)

It’s been another tough week for us as a nation. It’s been especially tough for our friends, neighbors—our family—in Boston and the surrounding towns. Struck with a horrific act on Monday, committed by evil cowards, the Boston Marathon ended differently this year than in years past—with two bombs detonating and killing three of our own and injuring one-hundred and eighty others.

(more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 11:23 am
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April 15, 2013

Sealed with a Sense of Duty

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty.

Ecclesiastes 12: 13 (NLT)

The morning is breaking forth with its radiant glow upon a very special day. No, it’s not because this is the year of the one-hundredth anniversary—which will probably pass without much public celebration—of the income tax signed into law on October 13, 1913 by President Woodrow Wilson.

I said special.

No, actually, today is the birthday of our youngest Godson.

We were and remain best of friends with his family—“family” actually is the way his family and our family have always viewed the relationship. And to begin the journey which would call us to continue in our roles as Godparents to him—since we were, and remain, the Godparents to his older sister and brother—Lynda and I traveled to be there when he was born at Langley Air Force Base on this day. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 12:06 pm
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April 8, 2013

Short Wicks

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh

I wonder how peaceful our sleep would be if we took those words to heart before we went to bed each night after the events of the day bounced us around a bit.

I wonder how our days would go if we embraced those words of Christopher Robin for our lives as we put on our shoes and stepped out into whatever was before us in the sunshine of a brand new day. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 9:58 am
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April 1, 2013

An Easter Reflection

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.”

Luke 24: 1-6 (ESV)

She had seen Him heal Lepers, and eat with the prostitutes and set them on a path to a new life. She had watched as He forgave the hated tax collectors and turned them to a better life. She had seen Him feed the 5,000 and bring Lazarus back from the grave. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 12:53 pm
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