Groundhog Day or Daily Do-Over?

Thursday was Groundhog's Day.  And unless you're caught in the same trap that weatherman Bill Connors found himself in the popular '93 movie "Groundhog Day", you woke up this morning to a new day.  According to the premise of the comedic movie, Bill was stuck reliving the same day over, and over, and over, and over again, until he got it "right". Such an idea makes for a funny … [Read more...]

Wrestling between Responsibility and Recreation

Saturday began with the same wrestling match that challenges me every weekend.  The I've-been-home-all-week-me lobbied quite convincingly that the day should be filled with going and doing something.  It didn't really matter what, but the something was to be out of the house, preferably out of town, and having nothing to do with seminary homework, homeschooling, mom duties or pastoral … [Read more...]

Life lessons from overtime, extra innings and five-hour-53-minute matches

News of the record-breaking five-hour-53-minute Australian Open final match greeted me this morning as I checked email.  I still can't wrap my mind around such an intense competition lasting that long.  Can you even imagine? The marathon showdown delighted fans around the world, and rightfully earned descriptors such as "amazing" and "incredible".  But tennis isn't the only place we … [Read more...]

Finding faith along the shore of a lake

The cool Minnesota lake, just one among ten thousands, laps at the shore, its waters pulled imperceptibly, drawn mysteriously, beckoned silently in a single direction. I imagine my life, just one among ten thousands, being imperceptibly pulled, mysteriously drawn, silently beckoned. “Come forth and follow Me,” I hear, turn, and respond, desiring the single direction, the focused goal, … [Read more...]

Writing on the Windshield of Life

Parking my car in the mostly-full parking lot, I noticed it parked two spaces down. I'm not entirely sure what caught my eye about the black blazer, except maybe its dirty exterior. But truth be told, most every car in the parking lot that day, including my own, was equally dirty. There's just something about sloppy, snowy roads that makes keeping a vehicle clean about impossible. As … [Read more...]