Still Water, Lilies and Trust

There it was, right in front of me. exquisite beauty in the waning daylight still water and brilliant yellow lilies And all I could think of were the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:28 & 29 “Consider: the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil or spin, yet I tell you, even…

Red Floaty Things and Grace

From my chair a good 50 yards away I see it – a bright red spot in the middle of the mess of algae along the shore of the lake. They tell me they don’t put chemicals in the lake anymore, so while the fish are coming back and the lake is actually healthier in…

Today’s Experience

Losing an elderly parent “when it’s time” . . . It’s a strange unpredictable mix of feelings It’s hard to file these feelings into folders marked Grief Gladness Relief Sadness It’s more like the “curious blend” I referenced here on this blog a couple of weeks ago the day after my dad died. Confusing at…

God Speaks Without Words

This morning the reading from Psalms was this passage from Psalm 19 and I remembered the displays of God’s greatness I have seen at my lake. And I share them here with Lishsa Epperson and the “Give Me Grace” Community. Psalm 19:1-4 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his…

One Generation to Another

Psalm 145:4 Generation after generationstands in awe of your work;each one tells storiesof your mighty acts. This we will do. It is up to us now to tell of God’s mighty acts. Papa Neckie, as he is affectionately known by his Great Granddaughters has now joined Great Grandma in heaven.They are no longer here to…

Jesus, our Servant

John 21:9-13 “When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish you have just caught.’ Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the…

How to Memorize When You Can’t Memorize?

Ephesians 1:3,4 How blessed is God. And what a blessing he is. He is the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ. And he takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid the earth’s foundation He had us in mind, and had Settled on us the focus of his love…