Today’s Joy

Today’s Joy

Friday, August 24, 2018
“For all of this I toil and struggle with all the energy that he be powerfully inspires within me.” —Colossians 1:29

A Formula for keeping alive

THINK: The mind must remain active. I find that most situations that I find my self in life may be solved with some “extra elbow grease” — crank up the brain. I was taught that there should be at least five options to every life situation.

EXPLORE: I learned that I must explore new vistas in thinking, writing, travel, and life. I must be willing to do things for the first time to keep my juices flowing.

RESEARCH: Regardless of what I am doing I have found the more research I do the better the project ends. I use the search engines on the internet extensively. And, I found that many issues will have a “YouTube Video” about it. I forgot a task on my iPad. There was a video on the subject. Every day I research what I write here.

ENHANCE: I strive to enhance, improve, and be more efficient. I proof-read this space before it is published. I check it out of FaceBook several times and find words that need to be tweaked. My wife finds a bunch. And, you may remind me of some, too.

TIME: My dear friend, Lois, frequently bragged to me about teaching ministers to use time wisely. They said they have “no time”. And, they found more time after Lois instructed them. As The Preacher (Ecclesiastes) taught —time to think, breathe, work, exercise, relax, laugh, cry, and sleep.

You may find my list helpful or you may find others that should be added. Let us support each other in keeping alive.

Thursday, August 23, 2018
“the noise of aliens like heat in a dry place, you subdued the heat with the shade of the clouds….” —Isaiah 25:5.

The Joy of the Microwave

I went to heat the last half-cup of coffee of the day. And, I remembered the microwave went out during the afternoon.

This morning I giving homage to the microwave which has served as a multi-functional machine. Besides heating coffee, it is used to cook, defrost food, and a multitude of tasks. We heat health cloth wraps for sore muscles and therapeutic heat for use in relieving pain in the body.

This current microwave has served us faithfully for the past four years. We have depended upon it for many tasks. It is undecided if we will repair it or get a new one. This raises the question that are these electric devices we depend upon cost more to fix than purchase a new one?

This morning the faithful microwave isn’t working and I miss it desperately. The device is taken for granted for the many tasks. It is sorely missed when it isn’t working.

Joy to the old microwave or the new one which will take its place.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

“… extend hospitality to strangers …” Romans 12:13b

Welcome Strangers

I was happy that my son gave me gift cards for my birthday/Father’s day. I placed them on a card pocket on the back of my iPhone.

Recently, my wife and I were on a mini-vacation in Michigan. One night we went to a concert on the beach at South Haven. To help me, Elaine pushed a wheelchair for the evening. We listened to a blues/rock and the band shield on the river near Lake Michigan.

After the concert, I discovered by iPhone had slipped out of my pocket and fell out of the wheelchair. Elaine walked up the path to find the iPhone.

When we returned to the car, I grabbed my iPad and immediately opened  the app, “Find my iPhone”.  The locator discovered the iPhone near the car. I called the iPhone on Elaine’s iPhone and got no answer. I played the alarm sound on my iPhone and waited. I waited a minute or so before re-playing the alarm.

Later, Elaine’s iPhone rang and a voice said that he had found my iPhone at the cafe near where we had parked. I told the man that I was in the parking lot. My car was the one with the lights on. Shortly, I saw a man appear in the parking lot. I talked him over the car and he handed me my iPhone. He assured me, “I don’t take what doesn’t belong to me.”

I thanked the young man with deep gratitude. He waved and walked away. I checked the iPhone and the gift cards were in place. The iPhone had a small residue of sand on it and it was intact.  Elaine returned saying she couldn’t find the iPhone. I showed her that it was returned.

 One gift card from Apple had not been redeemed. I learned how to put the gift amount on my Apple account during a phone call from an Apple Care person yesterday. I learned that when my iPhone was missing that no one redeemed the gift card. 

Joyful gratitude to the young man, the stranger, who returned my iPhone.

Tuesday, August 21, 22018

Archbishop Oscar Romero was a martyr who was killed leading Sunday Mass on March 24, 1980. Last year in August I shared his view of joy which deserves repeating.

A repost: Sunday, August 20, 2017

“Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the Lord has comforted his people, and will have compassion on his suffering ones.” —Isaiah 49:13 (NRSV)

The Courage of Archbishop Oscar Romero who battled with the drug lords in Central America. He was a prelate of the Catholic Church in El Salvador, who served as the fourth Archbishop of San Salvador. He spoke out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations, and torture.

In the midst of the tough world, Archbishop Romero spoke about joy in the below paragraph.

“Joy, for Romero, was the antidote to despair, loneliness, and persecution. Practicing the presence of joy by maintaining an intimate connection with God would sustain Romero whenever government and military authorities turned against him. Even when his Catholic compeers rejected him in his struggle to transform the lives of the oppressed and the lives of the oppressors in El Salvador, Romero maintained a fidelity to joy: “Christians must nourish in their hearts the fullness of joy… I have tried it many times and in the darkest moments … when slander and persecution were strongest, tried to unite myself intimately with Christ, my friend, to feel more comfort than all the joys the earth can give — the joy of feeling close to God, even when humans do not understand you. It is the deepest joy the heart can have” (from Rev. Bob Hill).

In 1980, Romero was assassinated while offering Mass in the chapel of the Hospital of Divine Providence.

Joy to the courage of persons like Archbishop Oscar Romero who spoke about joy in the middle of extreme danger.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me for another seven years.”—Genesis 29:27

Monday, Monday

I thinking that many of us use Monday as a time to look over the week and figure out what is ahead. Sunday is over and for many, the work week begins.

As a minister, Mondays was a day off for me. Earlier in my ministry, the summer months was time for a few days of personal visiting and doing family activities. 

Now, Mondays are a time to look over calendars and see what is ahead during the week. 

•What doctors appointments do I have?

•What meetings do I have to prepare for?

•What undone tasks to I have next week?

•What business needs to be cared for?

•What time do I need block out this week?

•Memo book time for self and fun!

And, how does the weather fit into your plans?

Some days will be full as today is while others have less activity. Monday is a day to look over and survey what is ahead. 

How does Monday factor into your week?