Old Posts – from the Thoughts from an Ordinary Guy Time

“I’m one of those”

I’m one of those….. I said Those what? He asked. Those people who look fine, I said Well, that’s good, he said Isn’t it? I asked In some ways, it is, I suppose…… I wondered If I look fine, then people will treat me like I’m fine. I think that’s good? I asked myself…. But … Continue reading Where are we going?

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Amen or Ouch?

“Say Amen or Say Ouch” The pastor at our church has a saying that he will use quite often in his sermons: “Say Amen or say Ouch.” ‘Say Amen” – acknowledge that the conversation that is happening between God and his people in that particular location at that time is good. It is soul refreshing. … Continue reading Where are we going?

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When we can’t see…..

When we can’t see…… When we can’t see why bad things happen….. When we can’t see why bad things happen to good people. When we don’t want….. When we don’t want these bad things to happen…… When we don’t want to deal with the pain and grief of these bad things When we don’t want … Continue reading Hospitals and Schools and Airports

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I can just hear it now.

You’re sitting in the lunch room at work (or any sort of similar place) and the topic turns to what you all did over the weekend. The stories are piling up and each one tries to sound bigger and “better” than the previous one. You just sit there watching and listening and wondering. Wondering? Yes. … Continue reading Time – Wait for It

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Hospitals and Schools and Airports

I find myself fascinated by Hospitals and Schools and Airports. “That’s really odd,” I can hear you thinking that already. Don’t deny it. 🙂 Why? What do they have in common? No, it’s not the size of the buildings. No, it’s not where they are located. It doesn’t have anything to do with how much … Continue reading Hospitals and Schools and Airports

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A Legacy

Most of the time, when someone talks about someone “leaving a legacy” it’s usually because they spent money on something big, donated something big, discovered a cure for something really nasty, invented something, those type of “things.” I want to talk instead about a different type of legacy. It’s not a legacy that has a … Continue reading What is this?

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Where are we going?

“Are we there yet?” Haven’t we all either said that or heard someone else say that. It would probably rank up there pretty high in a poll for the “most annoying thing ever said in a car.” As I’m beginning this Spiritual Journey, I’ve been doing a good bit of wrestling with the question, “Where … Continue reading A Legacy

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My Faith – How?

I was talking to a friend the other night. Actually, talking isn’t the right word, we were messaging back and forth. We were talking about some of the issues that each of us are facing. And “the topic” came up…. What would you have done if you sat there on January 1, 2018 and were … Continue reading What is this?

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What is this?

What is this Spiritual Journey? Maybe I should start by telling you what it is not….. This journey is not: An effort to find my faith. My faith in God remains strong, in many ways it is stronger than it has been. But more on that later. An effort to follow in my father’s footsteps. … Continue reading A Legacy

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Another Lap Around the Sun

As we move forward, I look in the rearview mirror, what do I see? ⁃ I see church people being the hands and feet of Christ. In real.tangible.immediate.ways. ⁃ I see an ICU nurse who still asks how I’m doing every time she sees my daughter, the pharmacy tech, at the hospital. ⁃ I see … Continue reading A Legacy

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January 30, 2018 – A Day of Good and a Day of Struggle

It’s hard to believe it’s a year already. It’s hard to believe it’s only a year. It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since the doctors reduced my risk of a brain bleed And for that I’m grateful It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since the doctors greatly increased my opportunity to … Continue reading A Legacy

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The Clock Moves Forward to 2009

Okay, we went from 1986 to 2009 without a problem, that’s a good thing, right? Well, yes and no. Yes it is in that the AVM did not “reform” in a way where doing something was riskier than doing nothing. And no because some of the symptoms – sore neck, shoulder pain, ear issues were … Continue reading A Legacy

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Jump Forward by Jumping Backward

So, I told you about this “thing.” This AVM thing, this strange blood vessel thing. This thing that I had to go to Mayo Clinic to get taken care of because no one around West Michigan knew what it was. Let that sink in for a second…… You’re in 8th grade. You live near the … Continue reading A Legacy

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So, you see, there’s this thing…..

(Putting aside the Haiti part of the story and moving to other things) It’s a thing I’ve known about for 40 years. If you’re counting, that was when I was in 8th grade. When it was first found that I had “this thing,” really no one in our area of Michigan knew what it was. … Continue reading A Legacy

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Preparing for 2010

Those of us who were involved in Haitian adoptions (or just in Haitian missions of any sort) ended up using the coup in 2004 as a way to prepare for the earthquake in 2010. I can hear some of you saying it, “How can he call a natural disaster that killed hundreds of thousands of … Continue reading A Legacy

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Lessons from a Coup

So, as I’m getting younger (ha!), I’m doing this a bit more often than I used to, but still not as much as I should. What? Looking back on the past and seeing what I can learn from it. Looking back on the past and seeing how God had a plan through it all. Oh … Continue reading A Legacy

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So, What Grade would you give the Teddy Bears?

How did they do? How did we do? If you look back, we had three goals we wanted to accomplish: • Make sure that the U.S. government, in particular, the State Department is aware of and watching out for the good of our kids. • To strongly urge the U.S. government to communicate with the … Continue reading A Legacy

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Of Teddy Bears and Travel

(In “What do you do, after a coup?” I told you about some of the wrestling that adoptive parents were doing with what was going on and the desire to do something because we felt so helpless.  The story continues….) So, last time, I told you about how we, as a collective group of concerned … Continue reading A Legacy

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So what do you do, after a coup?

(I’m stepping way out on a limb here and attempting to explore a bit what it was like being an adoptive dad whose kids were in a country where the government was recently overthrown (back in 2004)) You wonder. You wait. You ponder. You fret. You worry. You imagine. You feel sad. You feel bad. … Continue reading A Legacy

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What’s it like being a Preacher’s Kid?

Yep, I’m a preacher’s kid. I’m also a preacher’s brother. No offense, Ron, but I’m prouder of being a preacher’s kid than I am a preacher’s brother. What’s it like being a preacher’s kid? I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve been asked that question…… But I haven’t been asked that one nearly as … Continue reading A Legacy

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