30 April 2007

An honorable man

Today is my nephew Joshua's birthday. He's at college as an engineering student. He has in his rather abbreviated life as an adult, proven himself to be an honorable man. He cares for his family, he is considerate of his friends, he is compassionate in dealing with everyone. He takes time to stay in touch with his younger siblings and his grandparents. He has a great relationship with his parents. He has a wonderful girlfriend. And the hardest to believe, he is good to his aunt.

I am glad to know such a fine man and can forgive him for making me feel old for having such a grown-up nephew.

Happy Birthday Josh, I love you!

Your "anut"* jene'

*When he was much younger he addressed a card to me this way. Seems he had discernment early on.

24 April 2007


Last night at around this time my sister called. She was quick to reassure me she only had good news to share. This was good to know as late night calls are not always so.

My nephew and my niece made the decision last night to make Jesus the Lord of their lives. This excites me no end. It is a joy to know they have chosen to seek God's guidance on their own.

They are being raised in a home of faith. But that doesn't make any difference if they do not reach out and claim their faith as their own. As an aunt who prays for them daily, this makes a big difference to me. Now I can rejoice that one of my prayers regarding them has been answered.

The only bad thing about finding out last night was that I was so excited I had a hard time getting to sleep last night. I find the excitement hasn't lessened much in the 24 hours that have passed. I have been sharing my joy with my prayer partners and they have been glad to hear the news.

Rejoicing still,


16 April 2007


People are going to be debating for a long time how today could have been avoided. The answer is simple, it couldn't have been. Ever since mankind left the Garden of Eden, violence against others has been part of the world.

Someone determined to kill will do so. The fact that it is easier to do so with a bullet than a bomb has little significance to the families who are in mourning tonight.

Now before you go all NRA on me, I don't want to limit your ability to own a gun. It is your right to do so. I do want to make it harder to buy bullets. Just to see how easy it would be I tried earlier this year to purchase ammunition online. One place said they would send my order as soon as they had received a faxed copy of my drivers license and a signed statement swearing I was of age.

In a land where cold remedy must be signed for is it too much to expect that buying a bullet should be a little bit more difficult?

Unfortunately nothing you or I can do can comfort those dealing with their loss tonight. Only God can ease their heartache.


You know so well the loss of one
You gave us Christ, your only son.
Many today have lost a child, the greatest grief that's ever known.
Help them now to feel your Love,
and send the Comfort of your Own.

In Jesus name,