Each week on the front of your worship folders, there is a “Big Q.” Those are intended to get us thinking about the message for the week . . . today that question is: Are you the kind of person who sees a glass as half full or half empty? And in case you’re wondering how that might be a “spiritual” question, keep listening.
Read each of these scenarios and think about whether you are pleased or displeased with half a glass:
- You buy a large Diet Coke that is delivered half full
- You are working in the backyard and drinking out of the hose
- Hiking in the Grand Canyon and all you have is warm water in a half empty canteen
How do you handle something new?
Tomorrow school begins in Chandler. Last Wednesday night we had our back-to-school party here, and we gave the kiddos the backpacks you provided and helped us assemble—we invited our neighbors from the Latin American church here in Chandler to celebrate with us, and got to know some new friends.
First day of school—how many of you remember that? I vividly remember my first day of high school—standing in line to buy my books, finding my locker, bad dreams that I wouldn’t remember where my classes were . . . all for nothing, because the air conditioning blew up that first day and they sent all the students home!
The first day of school, the start of something new can be exciting—it can be scary. At the very least, it can cause some anxiety. [Read more…]
What happens to a plant when it does not produce any seeds?
I am a backyard farmer. I have planted so many things over the years—these are just a few of my memories:
- My grampa’s garden: all the vegetables and fruits that I raided—rows and rows that he cultivated
- Our own garden in Montana—fighting off the birds from those strawberries
- My backyard now: the heat, the soil/trying to make the grass grow throughout
- The hollyhocks—for so many years I had volunteers, now nothing ☹
- The creeping fig—could not kill it, now it is a blessing
This morning our scripture deals with growing things; specifically with a farmer “casting” seed—that means throwing it out across the ground. [Read more…]
What do we do when we find ourselves in situations we know make God angry or sad?
When my younger son was in Kindergarten, his teacher approached me one day with a very stern look on her face as I was picking him up from school. I waited to hear what he had done wrong (that day, again!) and she showed me his art project for the story they had heard that day. Well, the story was “The Gingerbread Man” and you probably remember the refrain from it that we all loved to shout when we were little people: “Run, run, run as fast as you can—you can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!”
Well, it being Kindergarten after all, the students had been given instructions to draw the Gingerbread Man. My son’s drawing, however, was not quite like the other ones. His character had sharp things protruding from the “hands” of his gingerbread man, and what looked like a bandanna over his face with eye holes cut out. [Read more…]