I enjoy a good mystery. Give me a PD James novel and I can be lost for days in the unexpected twists and turning pages. Agatha Christie always keeps me enthralled with her dry British humor and bright well-developed characters, the surprise endings that I never guess. My wife actually got me started, Sharon is a voracious reader, always with at least one going, sometimes staying up half the night. Lately she has been seen reading just a part of an “Aggie”; a few pages that fell out of a thoroughly used paperback. She had read it many times but could never remember the ending!
There has been a group of men meeting in our home weekly for many years. We actually grew out of the Promise Keepers movement from the early 90’s. We call it the “Thursday Guys”. Occasionally we invite someone new to join us, but there is an expectation of long term commitment. There has been some coming and going; it is not right for everyone. There is a circle of tight friendship, camaraderie and accountability and importantly ... transparency.
Word origins and their histories are fascinating, especially the sometimes very creative stories that grow up around them. Etymology is the study of the origins and history of words. It was a fun hobby of my dad’s and he would enthusiastically regale me with some newly discovered history of a common word or phrase.
I recently read an article by John Ortberg about soul-fatigue. In the article, John explains that this kind of fatigue happens when we stay up too late and rise too early; when we try to fuel ourselves with coffee and donuts and refuse to take time to exercise; when we push unpleasant emotions under the surface and keep going as if nothing were wrong. The result is that we feel separated from God, ourselves and others.
Okay, I'll admit it, I'm hooked on Downton Abbey. I've watched all four seasons and look forward to each new episode with great anticipation. And I guess I'm not alone, as the series was awarded a Golden Globe and is one of the most widely watched television dramas in the world.
We received a report from one of our Spring 2012 attendees:
For the last 6 years I have suffered with the effects of fibromyalgia. The main issues were pain in my low back and legs and very low energy with no endurance.
Because of your faith filled prayers Jesus has healed me. I have had no pain since I woke up the Monday after ALR. I have energy to do all kinds of things. I worked in my yard for the first time in years, I can stand at the stove and cook for us. I have lost 5 pounds just from being off the couch so much.
This was not the first time I have been prayed for but this IS the time all the prayers were answered. Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow.
God is so faithful. His healing power is available to all of us who believe. When we prayed with Sue, we were simply doing what Jesus modeled for us: the prayer of faith makes the sick person well. Thank you Jesus, for your healing power in Sue's life. Thank you for all that you did in our hearts during this weekend in April. Can't wait for the Fall!