The Storms of Change

“He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” – John 8:7

It is a shame that when change occurs, human nature acts out in a selfish manner. Who is truly entitled to cast blame and doubt on anyone except the blameless?

Yet no one is blameless even though some believe they are above the others.

Let us get deeper.

When devastation occurs in a person’s life such as the loss of a loved one, would you not agree that this is a “major storm” in life? Who would want such tragedies to occur? Who can we blame for our circumstances?

Who has the courage to choose resilience over resistance? Continue reading

Little Mary (part 2)

You might be wondering why this is part-2 of my previous blog entitled “Little Mary”.

To fully understand the impact of the story written in part-1, you have to read the letter written in 2010 from this little girl (who was a three-year seasoned performer by now with Kidz Praise).

The letter was written as a class assignment and the comment at the bottom came from her teacher. The letter is written here in the original format (misspellings and all) …

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The Nest Is Getting Roomier…

In a blink of an eye, the laughter of young children gives way to the deeper voices saying their goodbyes as one by one, they all  leave to pursue their new lives and adventures.

No more summertime lemonade stands to earn spending money for candy. No more gaps in their smiles from lost baby teeth. No more 9pm bedtimes or eating on plastic dishware. No more high-pitched giggling or wide-eyed looks of a new bicycle.

Many of my friends are moving into that next stage in life – the empty nest! Continue reading

Why a Lighthouse?

Have you ever considered the importance of a lighthouse? I am fortunate to live in Northern California where I can visit lighthouses along the coastline. Born and raised in San Francisco, I grew up near the beach and always heard the fog horns blaring their warning sounds so that ships would not come too close to the shores.

Active lighthouses shine their brilliant lights that pierce the evening curtains of fog that line the coastline. For some, it is a comfort to know that land is towards that beaming light. For others, it is a fair warning to stay further out in the ocean.

While postcard pictures of these lighthouses display bright colors, one is sometimes disappointed when they approach the lighthouse in its current day. Weather and the salt air makes it difficult to maintain the original colors while rust and peeling paint are the usual sidings of these lighthouses.

Why am I writing about lighthouses today? Continue reading

The Graduation Card

WOW!

My son and I spent some time this evening to assemble his high school graduation invitations. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I had spent time to create a simple mail merge document to print the mailing labels. The return address was already provided by the company the school used to print the package.

Due to limited seating, we were allowed to send a finite number of invitations so immediate family members and close friends were on the guest list. There was a bit of hesitancy as we had to figure out the order of the materials but it did not take long before we had our system. He assembled the invitation and stuffed it into the tight-fitting “inner” envelope and passed it to me for the outside assembly.

The process was swift and after I  placed the postage stamp on the last invitation, Continue reading

Here Comes That Next Wave…

The significant dates in your life are like the various stages of the ocean waves.

One thing is certain – that special date (or dates) will recur every year you are alive. Just like the annual holidays, we all have specific dates in our lives that hold significant meaning.

No, I am not talking about birthdays and anniversaries. This blog is devoted to stories of how to live courageously when our loved ones have passed. Those are the dates I am referring to. Continue reading

Why Do They Leave So Soon?

It has been a rough month so far!

First, I learn about a good friend’s passing (a year after it happened). He was almost 55 years old at the time. Today, I attended a memorial service for a wife (of a beloved pastor) who suddenly passed away in her sleep – she too was almost 55 years old.

Why do they leave us so soon?

The memorial was moving as the room was filled with family and friends who loved her and the pastor. Although I have never met this person, hearing the many stories from close family and friends made me wish I had. I can see how her life impacted so many around her.

The famous Bible passage was read describing the Godly characteristics of a virtuous wife – I would like to highlight a few of the passages shared in today’s eulogy: Continue reading