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November 25, 2013

An Attitude of Gratitude

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

“…singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…”

Ephesians 5:19b-20 (NKJV)

I’ve had many good moments as a husband—you can even ask my bride, Lynda. She’d no doubt share some of those with you with. I have also had too many lesser moments as a husband—you can ask Lynda about those as well, although, knowing her, I suspect she’d never let on or let you know.

If I spent the rest of my life on this earth listing the reasons to be thankful for her life, I wouldn’t complete the list before departing for eternity. No way. But perhaps that’s just what I should do each day, to help me with the focus of gratitude in our God and on those blessings He has placed in my life—like her—which should guide my every thought, word and act. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 10:59 am
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November 18, 2013

Soaring Wonders

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.”

St. Augustine

Whew!

Now there’s a thought that will ruminate for a while in the cavity occasionally occupied by my brain. I wonder at what point in our lives we seem to lose it—that sense of all the wonder—not only around us—but also that God created within us?

Interesting though, that such an ageless human malady doesn’t seem to be experienced by our children or grandchildren, who with eyes-wide-open explore not only the wonders of God’s creation all around them but also the wonder of God’s creation which is them. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 9:09 am
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November 11, 2013

Veteran’s Day—The Call to Duty

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate—we cannot consecrate—we cannot hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

The Gettysburg Address, President Abraham Lincoln

Two-hundred and sixty-eight words delivered at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863, one-hundred and fifty years ago. Earlier that year, on January 1, 1863, President Lincoln had issued his bold and just Emancipation Proclamation. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 9:03 am
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November 4, 2013

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. (more…)

Posted by: michael at 10:01 am
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