21 Jun: Thank you Dad

Dad, You taught me to love God first, family next and then country. Your love of America was intense; you watched friends beside you give everything for her in 1944. But you loved and honored our family and our God even more than our country. You never wavered from that order of priority. Ever. As a young man I didn’t understand those priorities. I was all about me. Your principles seemed old-fashioned and boring. The older I got, the smarter you were. You had many favorite scriptures. I think of two often; A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men. (Proverbs 18:16) Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18). You never felt anyone, or the government, owed you anything. When doubt was there of the fair line between giving and receiving in any transaction, you would error on the side…

14 Jun: DO WE REALLY NEED POLICE?

I was 11 the first time I was pulled over by a cop. Driving with no license and it wasn’t my fault. True story. I got my license the day I turned 14 and had my first wreck the next day. I got a ticket, but it wasn’t my fault (I didn’t cause the bad weather or the bad defroster). It was the first of many tickets, none of which I ever deserved. Our twin sons were about 10 when I got a speeding ticket one day. As soon as we got home, they bailed out and snitched. “Mom! Dad got a ticket, yelled at the officer, wadded up the ticket and threw it on the floorboard in front of him!” Little tattletales. By 37 years old, I had considerable disregard for cops getting quota’s off innocent people like me. I didn’t like their new cars and equipment either; while…

07 Jun: Returning to Service

Within the first few lines of anything we read or hear, we sense the political bent of the presenter. Stories are packaged for provoking rage. Praise for this, poison on that; shielding one leader, slaying another; advocating one idea, attacking others. Even churches are choosing political sides, taking political aim and forming political lines. We can’t hear a sermon without knowing the speaker’s political alignment. News stories are headlined and packaged like bombs, designed for outrage. Anger is easy to find regardless of what issue is discussed and which side of that issue you may be on. My brother recently said, “Our cultural atmosphere is like a drought in the mountains. A tossed cigarette can make it all explode.” Emerging from pandemic and isolation, we find ourselves in the middle of civil unrest and chaos. Watching the relentless knee of authority on the neck of the powerless struck a nerve…