24 January 2015


"You are to gather up the joys and sorrows, the struggles, the beauty, love, dreams and hopes of every hour that they may be consecrated at the altar of daily life." 
- Macrina Wiederkehr, A Tree Full of Angels


Our first stop was at the corner convenience store to buy the soda to sell.
Our second stop was one block later, at the corner convenience store, to buy breakfast tacos and coffee.

Some days convenience stores are especially convenient.

22 January 2015


sweet ending to a "some days are like that" day.

21 January 2015


Out of my bondage, sorrow and night, 
Jesus, I come; Jesus I come. 
Into Thy freedom, gladness and light, 
Jesus, I come to Thee. 
Out of my sickness into Thy health, 
Out of my wanting and into Thy wealth, 
Out of my sin and into Thyself, 
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of my shameful failure and loss, 
Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come. 
Into the glorious gain of Thy cross, 
Jesus, I come to Thee. 
Out of earth’s sorrows into Thy balm, 
Out of life’s storms and into Thy calm, 
Out of distress into jubilant psalm, 
Jesus, I come to Thee.
- "Out of My Bondage," written by WT Sleeper (1887)


Sonic told us that it was Best Friend Day so we celebrated with 50 cent corn dogs.
(because what better way to celebrate a Best Friend than with a corn dog, right?!)

Just now I googled "Best Friend Day," and it looks like it is designated for June 8th. Who decides these things, anyway?

Sonic also reminded us to celebrate Groundhogs Day with half-price footlongs- I might pass on that one. What I'm wondering is what will we get to celebrate with discounted cherry cokes?

19 January 2015


Thank you Matthew Smith and band (and everyone at Divine Providence) for taking the extra 4 1/2 hours to make it down to the border and bless us with a musical feast of reimagined hymns. It was a rare and special treat for us.

And thank you for your commitment to Compassion International kids. 10 kids from around the globe gained sponsors tonight, and soon will also gain access to medical checkups, nutritious food, educational assistance and mentoring opportunities. Just as importantly, these kids will be involved in church-based ministries where they'll learn about Jesus Christ and see his disciples live out the Gospel. We've had Compassion kids for over 15 years now, and it's always a blessing to see new kids gain sponsors.

(the photo is lousy. alas. the evening was not.)

18 January 2015


O great Creator, mighty Protector, gracious Preserver,  thou dost load me with loving kindnesses,  
and hast made me thy purchased possession,  
and redeemed me from all guilt;
I praise and bless thee for my sabbath rest, my calm conscience,  my peace of heart.
- "Lord's Day Evening," from The Valley of Vision, edited by Arthur Bennett

17 January 2015


Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. 
- Psalm 90:14

Saturday blessings-
morning clear and bright,
"come on in!",
girls who hustle,
a saw to cut the palm branches,
fresh-mowed lawn,
sun on my face,
the wonder of a new baby boy,
the delight of family,
fresh squeezed key lime pie.


... because when you live in Very South Texas you wear your cowboy boots after finishing your basketball game.

15 January 2015


Everybody loves the sound of a train in the distance,
Everybody thinks it's true.

- Paul Simon, "Train in the Distance"

But the sound of the train in front of you? Maybe not quite so much...


Even in laughter the heart may ache,
    and the end of joy may be grief.

Proverbs 14:13