You? I?

YOU put a time frame on my healing. YOU are the one with sage advice. YOU still aren't walking in my shoes. YOU still don't understand the total devastation. YOU want me back at work. YOU want to act as if nothing ever happened. YOU. I need you to leave me alone. I need listeners … Continue reading You? I?

The Memorial that Moves Forward

Originally published in September of 2016 It's a fine line, knowing when to move on. Tragedy has a way of stopping us in our tracks, we memorialize it and are taken back to the event in a real and tangible way. Its as if we are reliving the horror once again. This activity can serve … Continue reading The Memorial that Moves Forward

Time is Not a Healer

This is an old wives tale, I can assure you. Only those who have suffered immense levels of unforgiving pain can tell you this. Through the maze of memories, nightmares and unknowns some are lucky, but time is more of a curse than a healer. As you live year after year, time only compounds the … Continue reading Time is Not a Healer

Another Sunday

People all across the country today are gathering in their chosen places of worship to express their beliefs together. Praying, singing, reading and exchanging hugs and handshakes. They feel warm and fuzzy, encouraged, unified, and a part of something larger than themselves. But.... In the middle of all that are people who feel very alone, … Continue reading Another Sunday

9/11 and Beyond-The Trauma that Lingers

This is a reissue of a post first published September 11, 2015 September 11th.  Just the date itself evokes memories, thoughts, and emotions for many people across our country. Today, I watched as the President of the United States and the first lady walked silently from the White House, past an honor guard, and through … Continue reading 9/11 and Beyond-The Trauma that Lingers

Fred Hammond & RFC – Please Don’t Pass Me By   Please Don't Pass Me By [Verse 1] There was a blind man on the road side, and he heard a commotion yeah It was Jesus passing by with a crowd and it stirred his emotions He'd been displaced his whole life, should he even try Ohhhhh Don't bother Jesus (they say you have … Continue reading Fred Hammond & RFC – Please Don’t Pass Me By

First the Natural, then the Spiritual

After having undergone shoulder surgery recently, I had a followup appointment with my doctor that resulted in enlightenment both physically and spiritually. You see, there were three options available to treat my injury and they all have a very clear spiritual parallel. The first option was to do nothing. Because my bicep muscle had torn, … Continue reading First the Natural, then the Spiritual

Next Level Men’s Groups

Men’s groups in our churches have many functions. We have social activities like golf outings, BBQ’s, and softball leagues; we accomplish much-needed and appreciated work to support the needy through construction projects, skilled trades, and missional activities. These are all important components for not only the men, but the church, the community and the world … Continue reading Next Level Men’s Groups