Hear, See and Go

For the shepherds outside of Bethlehem, the night of that first Christmas was just like any other night.  All the sheep had been gathered in and there was nothing left to do except to keep watch, talk with one another, and stay stay close to the campfire, keeping warm.  That night, however, their quiet routine was … More Hear, See and Go

Ponder These Things

The scriptures say: “But Mary treasured these words…and pondered them in her heart.” When I hear this familiar part of our Christmas story…an image comes to my mind.  I picture Mary, holding the baby Jesus, rocking him.  It is so peaceful…she’s smiling… reflecting on this new life in her arms…contemplating the words of the angels … More Ponder These Things

Wants and Needs

I have a confession to make.  I sometimes confuse what I want, with what I need.  Anyone else?  Anyone?  Yeah.  I suspect that I am not alone in that.  Do I want the newest version of the iPhone?  Or do I need the newest version of the iPhone?  Ok.  It’s a clearly a want. Do … More Wants and Needs

Way Off the Map

In his great book on adaptive leadership, “Canoeing the Mountains,” Tod Bolsinger tells the story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  In August of 1805, Captain Meriwether Lewis stood at the freshwater spring that was the source of the Missouri River.  It had been a long and painful journey.  He and his company had been … More Way Off the Map

A Dog’s Life

This is our dog’s favorite position.  While Kennedy does enjoy walks, car rides and the occasional opportunity to bark at and chase squirrels, deer and rabbits, we will often walk into our living room to find him down and sleeping on his side, sometimes on the floor and sometimes on a chair. I’ve got to … More A Dog’s Life