Archive for August, 2008

You’re invited

August 8, 2008

You’re invited to worship this weekend.  Mark Alan Powell says we worship because God deserves our worship, our adoration, our praise.  You don’t need more reason to worship than that, but If you come, you’re invited to stick around for a presentation about the sabbatical.  I’ll share some pictures and some thoughts about the future and the excitement I feel about being back again.  I look forward to seeing many of you.

Sugar Creek

August 6, 2008

We’re home again, sorta.  I spent the last two days at Sugar Creek Bible Camp making some preparations for re-entry this next weekend.  I had planned to go the Hermitages at St. Joseph’s, but they were filled for this week, so Sugar Creek graciously lent me a cabin.   I have pictures of the one I stayed in below.  I haven’t been to Sugar Creek in awhile, so it was good to go, when it was just a normal camp week.  They do a great job there.  A couple of our kids were at the camp and I got to say hello.  Most of my time, though, I holed up in the cabin to do some work.

Here’s pictures of the cabin and of the Labyrinth  that was built in part with a gift from Our Savior’s Mission Endowment Fund.


August 3, 2008

All along Minnesota’s North Shore rivers empty water into Lake Superior.  Most of those rivers have had to cut through rock formed by Lava flow laid down millions of years ago.  The last couple of days we forged our way up along the Cascade and Temperance Rivers.  Over the years the water have cut deep crevices in the lava, but often there is rock that is impervious to that flow and spectacular waterfalls result.  It’s the rocks and obstacles in the way of the water that create those spectacular views.

I guess that’s life too, isn’t it?  Sometimes it seems like it would be nice if life were like a nice quiet lake.  Our time by Lake Superior, found the lake unusually quiet.  It was very nice, very calming.  But life isn’t like that.  It’s the rocks along the way–the troubles, the unexpected changes, the  unmovable circumstances –that often make for a spectacular life.  It’s what makes our lives interesting and full.  Not all the time, of course.  Life that is only navigating those narrow and difficulties soon wears us down and out.  But we can and do welcome some of those times.

All of those rivers move toward that final larger body of water that is Superior.  The rivers of our lives are not destined to simply roll on forever.   We do move toward that goal God has set for us.  We are headed toward that great sea of saints whom God gathers into that company who will surround God with thanks and praise.

Norwegian Riviera

August 1, 2008

We’ve spent a couple of days staying with Mary Jo’s cousin and her husband in Lutsen, MN.  We were in Grand Marais yesterday where we talked briefly to Paul Ranum on the phone.

Lake Superior, of course, is beautiful especially in the morning when the sun shines on it, and the water literally sparkles.  There’s also something about the vastness of a body of water or a mountain range that makes a person feel insignificant, first of all, but then also thankfull for God’s amazing creative power.   Here”s just a few pictures of  our days here.