Thursday, January 30, 2014

Maybe this is for You!

Every day I have something from Mountain Wings delivered to my inbox.  Some days it is inspirational, other times it is a quote or food for thought.  Today I found the following in my inbox and wanted to share it with you.  Maybe it is for you too?  Hope this will bless you as it did me!

Warning Light

Today I was driving in my truck up a busy street,
talking out loud to God, as I sometimes do.

I glanced down at my gas gauge for the 10th time only to see
that I was still on empty, and the orange glow of the warning
light was still very much glowing at me.

I had been telling God that I didn't know what to do and that I
was in need of His wisdom.

My car insurance was due yesterday,
my truck payment is 3 months overdue,
my cell phone was turned off,
(I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks so that is a big one
for me).

I am on medical disability for my anxiety, no job and very broke.

I explained to God that something really needed to change,
and that I am at my end and can't do this anymore.

The rest of this can be found at

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Bishop's Retreat for Clergy of Susquehanna Conference

The past few days Jean and I traveled to Double Tree Resort in Lancaster for a time of renewal and Continuing Education with colleagues from the Susquehanna Conference.  The snow was steadily falling and the air was cold . . . but there was a lot of  warmth, laughter, and fellowship inside.

There was over 200 of us gathered together.  If you look closely you might see Pastor Dennis and Jean in the center of the picture . . . 

Our session teacher / leader was Tracy Radosevic, a well know Bible storyteller . . .

We did have some fun on Tuesday evening at 9:00 for a time of karaoke with our Bishop . . .

You might say we all got into the singing . . .

Our first session on Monday evening closed with Communion.  Look closely at the name tag and you will see Pastor JP receiving the "Bread of Life" . . .

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Happy New Year!

It's a new year and it seems the days are passing by so quickly.  I was pondering what I might share at this time.  Maybe some encouragement at the beginning of this new year?  Perhaps some spiritual reflection on a portion of Scripture?  Perhaps even a prayer?  As I prayed I thought of an old Irish song that was translated into English in 1905 by Mary E. Byrne.  The words I've carried in my heart since a child growing up in the church.  May the words of the first verse  be an inspiration to you as they are for me.

Be Thou My Vision (United Methodist Hymnal)

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me, save that thou art.
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.