Thursday, December 22, 2005
This is the time I get all sentimental and give my feelings and reflections on the last 12 months. I remember thinking on new years eve 1979 how old I would be in the year 2000. 28 seemed SO old to an 8 year old. I remember going through each year from 2000 to 2010 and actually saying how old I would be each year. I have no idea why I did it or even why I remember. I don't remember all the thoughts I had about 2006, turning 35, what my job would be, even though I think it turned out pretty well. This past year: I went skiing A LOT without breaking anything or blowing out my knee. I bought a really cool ski jacket for a killer price. My new year resolutions for 2005 were: 1. Lose weight 2. break my addiction to p-nut M&M's 3. Stop playing so much XBox 4. Get out of debt How did I do, still fat, probably because of the p-nut M&M's. I don't play near as much xbox, I actually dont even have one at the house. I'm still in debt. Not as much, but still there. I don't think I expected to get out of debt in a year, so at least we've made progress. 2 outta 4 ain't bad. I may even let them all ride for 2006. My old Laptop caught fire and blew u p. I got a new one. It's been grand. Napoleon Dynamite was close to the stupidest movie I ever saw. (Attack of the Kille Tomoatoes wins first place.) We went through the pain of a miscarraige. Enough said about that. My pastor of my childhood and my boss retired after 30 years at Trinity. I can say with all confidence I learned more about life and ministry from Don Davis than anyone else on the planet. If I can be half the minister He is, I'll do well. I've never known anyone who cared so much about people and showed in in such a humble way. I got some new toys and saw Gas go from $1.80 to $3.00 and almost back again. Speaking of Gas, I still have to get one of these. I found out what to do with snot (sick). Even though I avoided injury during ski season, I made up for it while rafting the mighty Nantahala. I blew out the knee and spent 3 months in physical therapy. I won't have to worry about the 2006 ski season because I'm grounded. NO SKIING for a YEAR!! oh well. I really got into blogging then out again. I went from playing the traffic game to posting once a week. A lot has changed, a lot has stayed the same. God is still here and making Himself known in amazing and mundane ways. No telling what the future holds, but it will be fun finding out. I hope you had a great year and your next one is rather productive.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
My uncle passed away suddenly yesterday. His wife, children and grandchildren will have to face a difficult Christmas. Death is part of life but that doesn't make it easy. We look for ways to deal with the hurt and lighten the pain, but I think we have a God who can take our pain, anger, sorrow, sadness, questions, and doubts. It's not faith that keeps us from dealing with the hurt. Faith allows us to be real and honest with our feelings and know that whatever I think or say, I am still loved by the one who created me. I'm going to the funeral and my words of encouragement will have nothing to do with him being in a better place, even though that may be true. My words will hopefully lead them to take off the "strong" mask and fall into the arms of a God who knows loss and gives peace to those in need, even when answers aren't enough. If they don't want to fall in His arms, mine will be there.