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December 12, 2016

Make Room

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

Luke 2: 6-7 (NIV)

We made room for them that day a few years ago. We always will.

Lynda announced that our two precious Granddaughters were coming to spend the day with us while their Mom and Dad went Christmas shopping. Now they could finish hanging ornaments on the Christmas tree which they had helped me pick out for our home a few days earlier, and they could help us decorate the house. In particular, they could place a few more manger scenes wherever they felt they should be. The timing of their visit was perfect—as time with them always is—but, as I was about to discover, for much more than the obvious.

After they had been there awhile, I noticed that Hannah and Ellie Kate had placed one of the manger scenes directly under the Christmas tree—where we usually put the presents. And so when they were both together, a little while later, I drew upon my best Granddaddy wisdom, and asked why they had put that manger set under the tree adding the point that since we usually put presents under the tree “…there would be less room now under the tree for the presents!” (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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December 5, 2016

Where Are We Heading?

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.”

Luke 2: 1-5 (NKJV)

The tradition continues in our home.

Each year at this particular time of the year, our family knows where we are headed.

Every year of our marriage of forty-nine years, we have gone out to secure a real Christmas tree, even during the onset in popularity, convenience and beauty of the artificial trees of every shape and size. And ever since they were old enough to go with us, our Granddaughters have assisted in the selection process. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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November 28, 2016

Recognize the Moment

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him.”

John 1: 10 (NIV)

So, how was the day for you?

Memorable, satisfying, exciting, perhaps even the best ever?

Warm, cozy and welcoming? Friendly conversations and reflections with family and friends gathered all around?

Perhaps to some degree you even experienced a slight sense of emptiness for those who were no longer there, or couldn’t be there. Maybe there was a twinge of anxiety about the uncertainty of what tomorrow will bring.

So, how was the day for you? (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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November 21, 2016

Paint It with Thanksgiving

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”

Philippians 4: 11-13 (NLT)

It may be that the mood of the day is being painted still by the memory of that man holding a sign on the street corner. Maybe by the headlines in the day’s papers about the continuing problems in the Middle East, still paints life at times as a picture of little more to cling to than despair. Maybe the mood of the day for some is painted by the lingering concerns about our economy and their families. Or maybe it’s just the seemingly insurmountable mountain sitting just outside your front door.

And yet it’s Thanksgiving week. And as we enter this most distinctive of American holiday seasons, I can’t help but believe that no matter where we find ourselves, our country, and world, a mood of honest reflection will serve to remind us of moments of thankfulness and a reason for hope. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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November 14, 2016

Hope Anew—That Still Small Voice

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

But [Elijah] himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!”

Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.” Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again…

[And then, refreshed, he went to a cave and the Lord came to him and asked why he was there, and Elijah answered that the king and his wife Jezebel were after him to kill him].

Then [the Lord] said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.”

And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.”

Fall continues to peek through in the temperatures, the changing leaves, and now in Christmas decorations being displayed in store after store. Veterans Day has just passed where we paused to remember those brave and sacrificial patriots upon whose shoulders we stand today—in freedom. And in the aftermath of recent elections, there is an excitement of hope in many hearts as the future of our nation and world takes on a new direction.

It has happened before. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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