October 14, 2019 - Grace and peace from our brother and savior, Jesus, Amen. Last Friday morning I took my dogs to the park for our morning constitutional. When we left the house it was about 70 degrees, which felt really nice. As we were making our laps, the winds picked up and I knew that the temperature was falling. When we returned home, it was 55 degrees! I guess Mother Nature finally released fall. Saturday and Sunday we had some winter-like mornings. I sure hope we have a long autumn full of moderate temperatures.
October 7, 2019 - Grace and peace from our brother and savior, Jesus, Amen. Could it be? Is it possible that cooler fall weather is just around the corner? We are called to be a hopeful people, so I am going to believe that yes, autumn is almost here!
September 30, 2019 - Grace and peace from our brother and savior, Jesus, Amen. Fall has come but you really can’t tell yet. I am so ready for some cooler weather, but summer just refuses to let go her grip. Sue and I went to Monroe last Monday to visit Sue’s Uncle Eddie. We had a really good visit; Eddie seems to be doing quite well, although older like the rest of us. Sue’s car is in the shop, meaning we were down to just one vehicle—so I missed Sunday School this morning. We had a nice “crowd” for church (double digits). We held a business meeting to approve all the reports and
September 17, 2019 - I think most of us are ready for the first day of fall—especially if it will come with cooler temperatures. My computer isn’t acting right but being a Monday morning I might excuse it. We had a good Sunday at Paxton United Methodist Church. Our Sunday school lesson spoke of God as a great mystery. The scripture was Exodus 19: 9-25 and 20: 18-21, where the writer speaks of God in the midst of thunder and lightning. God is enthroned on the mountain; the people are ready to send Moses up to the top as long as they don’t have to deal with the ultimate mystery.
September 10, 2019 - Love and peace from our brother, Jesus. We are still in the midst of Ordinary Time; we here in East Texas are eagerly looking forward to autumn. Football season is here, but the fall-like temperatures have yet to arrive. Hopefully, it won’t be too much longer. We actually had a brief respite Monday evening in the form of a thunderstorm; unfortunately, some of us also experienced a power outage along with the cooling rain.
September 3, 2019 - Love and peace from our brother, Jesus. Happy Labor Day! Not much going on in downtown Joaquin—not that much ever happens. It is just plain hot outside. Labor Day used to signal the end of summer and the beginning of school. But kids in Joaquin have been back to work for a couple of weeks—and we’re expecting triple digits this week. Once again, Texas is dealing with a mass shooting. We are left to wonder what can be done to stop the carnage.
August 26, 2019 - Love and peace from our brother, Jesus. Much of our part of East Texas got some needed rain last week. Sue and I were luckier than most, totaling around an inch. The rain cooled things down for awhile, but the sun came out, bringing the heat and humidity! We are supposed to have a more than decent chance of rain and a couple of cool mornings in the coming days. Those cool mornings will be a foretaste of the fall days to come. August sure is zooming by. Most kids had their first full week already, and others are schoolbound now.
August 20, 2019 - Love and peace from our brother, Jesus. Kids are back in school in Joaquin. That and all the heat advisories show us that we are in the “dog days of summer.” I really don’t know where that saying came from, but I do know that my four-legged friends, Gunter and Sam, don’t like the heat any more than I do. I really appreciate air conditioning and never complain about my electric bill. I have been watering every day, trying to keep my perennial plants, flowers, and fruit trees alive.
August 12, 2019 - Love and peace from our brother, Jesus. Today is August 12th which happens to be my birthday. Sometimes I am frightened when I look in the mirror and wonder who the old man is looking back at me! Oh well, time marches on. We are certainly in the dog days of summer. Our two dogs, Gunter and Sam, are like me in that they don’t want to spend too long outside. We get up in the morning and do our walking in the park; when we get back we work in the yard and garden for about twenty minutes at a time.
August 5, 2019 - Love and peace from our brother, Jesus. I went to bed with a heavy heart on Saturday thinking of all those innocent people killed by gun violence in El Paso. And then woke up Sunday morning to hear of yet another mass shooting, this time in Dayton Ohio. There have been over 250 mass shootings in 2019 alone, and it seems to be only increasing. Our hearts really do go out to all the victims. We need to think about what we can do as a nation to curb such insanity.