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Do You Promise… I Baptize You…

Do You Promise… I Baptize You…

I sat in the church pew and watched my husband, our son, his wife and baby, our other son, wife and their sweet daughter and and a couple additional close friends gather together at the baptismal font. I listened as my husband asked our son and daughter-in-law the questions regarding specific responsibilities they have for helping their child grow in the Christian faith and life. I listened as they answered “With God’s help, we do.” I listened as he addressed the questions to our other son, daughter-in-law and 2 close friends the questions about specific responsibilities they as sponsors have. Again, I listened as they answered “With God’s help we will”. I then watched as my husband took his new granddaughter in his arms and they all laid hands on her to pray over this beautiful new child that has come into our lives. Later in the service my husband and I watched as our daughter-in-law took the baby in her arms, placing her head over the font, watched as our son, using a special shell from Marco Island, poured the baptismal water, from a special lake in Minnesota and listened as our son said “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”. We watched as our son lit the baptismal candle with the words “Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven”. We watched as he anointed her forehead with oil with the words “You are marked with the cross of Christ forever”.

Then we celebrated! It was an emotion filled, button popping, beautiful day for our families!

Moving Forward!

Moving Forward!

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We’re spending a few days at one of our very special happy places as we celebrate moving forward into a new adventure! Eleven years ago God placed on our hearts the opportunity to plant seeds in the international mission field and then several years ago the chance to begin Waterside Missional Community.  We are now seeing those seeds really starting to grow!  We are excited to see what God has in store for us as we move forward into focusing on this adventure that God has placed on our hearts.  We are blessed by all that God has already poured upon us and trust that His blessings will continue! I love it when God calls you to something and you really have no clue what is going to happen! Life is an adventure and God is so good!

Bringing Him Home

Bringing Him Home

 

This past week we were honored to be on a very special flight from Minneapolis to Dallas.  As we settled into our seats on the plane the captain announced that the flight we were on was transporting one of their own fallen comrades, an American Airlines pilot that had fallen ill and passed away while on assignment in Minneapolis.  A very well respected man, husband, father and colleague it was said he loved his job and loved flying. To honor him they were doing a few special things as we were leaving MSP and then when we were arriving at DFW. As we backed away from the gate the entire plane was washed by a stream from an airport fire truck.  The flight was a very smooth one, which made me feel as if during this Holy Week we certainly were guided by the hand of God as we transported one of His own back home.  We did not know what to expect though as we landed at DFW.  First we saw the flashing red lights of emergency vehicles and two trucks on either side of the plane again washing the plane in the stream of water.  As we pulled up to the gate, though, hearts were torn and tears flowed as we saw a sea of pilots, airport employees and honor guard all standing at attention, saluting as we slowly taxied forward.  His family was brought forward to the cargo hold.  As I watched them waiting it became an even more emotional time just thinking what a shock and how difficult this time must be for them.  From the terminal among several other AA employees we watched as his flag draped casket placed upon the transport belt and then carried by the honor guard to the waiting hearse.  There was not a dry eye on the plane or in the terminal.

During this Holy Week it brings back even more reflections on what this week means.  The pain and sorrow that accompanies the death of Jesus and the death of this man.   Mary, Jesus’ mother, watching as he walked the Via Dolorosa, witnessing his pain and anguish and then his death upon the cross.  The family of this man learning of his death far from home and then waiting for his return, witnessing the tribute and his arrival back home via a mode of transportation that he loved being on.  Thinking of the sorrow of both families.  But, knowing that in the end lives were touched and impacted upon by both of these men.  Both to be celebrated.

35 Grilled Cheese

35 Grilled Cheese

Toward evening the disciples approached him. “We’re out in the country and it’s getting late. Dismiss the people so they can go to the villages and get some supper.” But Jesus said, “There is no need to dismiss them. You give them supper.’ All we have are five loaves of bread and two fish,” they said. Jesus said, “Bring them here.” Then he had the people sit on the grass. He took the five loaves and two fish, lifted his face to heaven in prayer, blessed, broke, and gave the bread to the disciples. The disciples then gave the food to the congregation. They all ate their fill. They gathered twelve baskets of leftovers. About five thousand were fed.  Matthew 14: 15-21

Did you ever wonder how you were ever going to make something work?  Did you ever wonder “Will I have enough?”

gourmet-grilled-cheese-2One day last month lunchtime in Haiti was grilled cheese.  I asked Dan what I could do to help.  He looked at me and replied “Well we need to make 35 grilled cheese sandwiches.  If you can do it with 1/2 stick of butter that would be awesome.”  I discovered how the disciples must have felt!  What-you want us to feed all these people with 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread?  What you want me to make 35 grilled cheese sandwiches for 20 high school students with 1/2 stick of butter? Panic set in, deep breath, think about how mom used to make them and pray that the butter would stretch.  A half hour later we set out 2 full trays of 35 grilled cheese sandwiches to fill 24 hungry missionaries.  I know a miracle didn’t happen that day.  It was only ingenuity and probably luck.  But….

Did you ever wonder how you were ever going to make something work? Did you ever wonder “Will I have enough?”

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.  Phillippians 4: 19