A Long Obedience

I have mentioned to my family and the church many times, that I have adopted the mantra of “A long obedience in the same direction” as kind of a personal focus moving forward.  It comes from the title of the Eugene Peterson book on the Psalms of Assent (Psalm 120-134).  Those Psalms were the Psalms …

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So Soon

Across the street from our church there is a Livonia City park named Greenmead.  I have mentioned it before in this blog as a place where I walk and pray either very early in the morning before sunrise or later at night around dusk.  It is a little historical village that hosts any number of …

Blessed Messy Things

Life is messy.  Few things go as smoothly as we might wish them to go.  Facets, nuances, and gradations of problems are embedded in just about every circumstance in life.  Few things are completely binary.  But so often it is the mess that defines the value in a thing. A Proverb that has befuddled people …

When God Is Not There

I’m not looking forward to this.  On September 5th, Michal is flying to North Dakota to be with Emilee as she gives birth to her fourth; Rhordyn Emmerson Lee Bixler.  Emilee’s due date is September 11th so Michal wants to get there prior to the delivery.  It just so happens that little Tootie’s birthday (Evellyn) …

Go Down Death

Before I came to know Christ as my Savior, death haunted me.  I recall as a young child telling my mom I was afraid to die.  She told me to pray every night before I went to bed and ask God to watch over me. That worked for a while, but the specter of death …