December 2, 2019 - Grace and peace from our brother and savior, Jesus, Amen. We have begun a New Year on the ancient Christian calendar. This is the year of Matthew, so most of the lessons will come from Matthew’s Gospel in 2020. That sounds so weird—2020! It seems like just yesterday we were worried about all the computers shutting down as we entered a new century! Well, that obviously didn’t happen, as most all of us carry a powerful computer in our hands—the smart phone.
November 24, 2019 - Grace and peace from our brother and savior, Jesus, Amen. What a nice week we had weather wise. I know that I am an old curmudgeon because I don’t like hot weather and I really don’t like cold weather. Instead, it has to be just right. I wonder if there is a place to live where it stays in the 60s and 70s year round? Our daughter will be heading home shortly from her visit to Morocco. Both of our kids and my brother and sister-in-law will be coming to Joaquin to celebrate Thanksgiving.
November 18, 2019 - Grace and peace from our brother and savior, Jesus, Amen. Sue and I got back home from Madrid, Spain, last Thursday. We had a really nice time with our daughter as we stayed in the old part of Madrid. Sue and I don’t get around as well as we used to, but our daughter was very patient—and finally decided we’d taxi or Uber everywhere. The worst part of traveling overseas was the long—ten hour—flight. It was nice getting home even though it sure was cold when we landed in Texas. It was cold in Madrid, but neither rain nor cold kept people out of the plazas.
November4, 2019 - Grace and peace from our brother and savior, Jesus, Amen. Last Tuesday my puppies, Gunter and Sam, joined me in going to Haslam Baptist to see if Community Christian Services was open. They were open and busy, serving folks in our part of East Texas. I delivered the peanut butter and jelly that Paxton Methodists have been collecting during October. A young man (young being relative) came out to my truck to help me and asked if I remembered him. I did indeed—a fine young man who was a student at Joaquin when I was High School principal.
October 28, 2019 - Grace and peace from our brother and savior, Jesus, Amen. It is Friday morning, and I am starting on next week’s newsletter and newspaper article. Woke up this morning to rain, rain, rain! We certainly need the rain, so no complaints here. I tried to coax the puppies out this morning, but Gunter and Sam just looked at me like I was crazy. The only way they will voluntarily go out in the rain is if I take them for a walk and get wet too. I am debating this idea as I write.
October 21, 2019 - Grace and peace from our brother and savior, Jesus, Amen. The past week has been really nice—pleasant temperatures and some much- needed rain. I hope autumn hangs around for a long time—until January or February would be fine by me! Saturday night we got an unexpected rain shower. It didn’t last all that long, but we had an inch in our rain gauge.
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.