Remembering in January Sunsets

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The days have been cold here, and the nights even colder.  At dusk, the sunsets have been beautiful. From the inside looking out, I’ve watched the orange-gold sun setting behind barren trees, lighting the sky with one final nod before it settles in the western sky. Morning comes, and the birds are vying for spaces at the bird feeder.  I watch them, sipping hot tea with locally made honey and lemon.  And I remember my … Read more

The Little Drummer Boy and Me

One of my favorite Christmas songs is The Little Drummer Boy.  I used to think this song was more for children because it’s about a young boy. Yet I’ve come to realize that this song is as much for adults as it is for children because of its message. Granted, the song is about a fictional character, and the idea that a small boy showed up in the stable (or even in a house in … Read more

Riding to Remember

When the Children of Israel crossed the Jordan River, they were instructed to take twelve stones from their new land (Joshua 4:9) and place them in the middle of the river. The stones were to be placed where the feet of the priests stood as they held the Ark of the Covenant while the Tribes crossed over to the Promised Land.

They were also instructed (Joshua 4:1-8) to bring twelve stones out of the Jordan and place them in the new land – at Gilgal – as an altar. This was so they would not forget where they had come from and all they had experienced as they entered the Promised Land.

This ceremony was God’s way of helping them remember; thus it became a memorial. God told them that the stones would make their children ask their fathers in time to come, “What do these stones mean?” They would be able to answer them and tell them how God took them through the Red Sea at the beginning of their journey and through the Jordan River at the end – on dry ground. The stones were to be their memorial.

Scripture says those stones placed in the Jordan River are still there to this day. Sometimes I wonder just where in that river those stones were placed because I’d love to see that pile of stones after all these years!

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Autumn is Here

Autumn is Here!  Fall tells the same story all over again, Bursting with fire, wind, laughter, and rain; Enchanting in colors of orange and brown, Aglow in the splendor of leaves falling down.    I hear her still calling, haphazardly so, To the Scarlets and Maples, to have them let go. And again at this season, the best of the year, I’m alive in creation, for Autumn in here! Gertrude M. Slabach, circa 1981 One day … Read more