TGITIJ

Every summer we celebrate Thanksgiving in July as an opportunity to look at what God has done in the past year.  In our denomination we are supposed to have an annual meeting at this time of the year to give an update on the financial, physical, and spiritual health of the church.  Our congregation has…

Headstones Change Everything

We are meeting to decide what to put on mom’s headstone.  These are the kinds of things you never plan for but they are inevitable in all of our lives.  You only have a small space and it is impossible to put everything on it.  Soon we will have digital headstones with scrolling information and…

“Howdy Partners”

We have learned a lot about ourselves over the last days, weeks, and years as we fought cancer with mom and watched her brave battle.  I have learned so much more about being a minister and the needs of families who are struggling.  I didn’t learn it in a book or a seminar.  I didn’t…

Mourning or Partying?

It is almost 4:00 a.m. Mom has fought for every breath for the last 24 hours. It has been tough to watch. There is a scripture that I have struggled with for years and it is coming to life right now. “It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to…

Comfort

I’m sitting in mom’s room. Her breathing is very labored. The house is quiet and her body is exhausted. The nurse said on Friday that she could not last 24 hours. They totally underestimated my mother. Yesterday was very surreal. Natasha knelt by mom and talked about her being the best grandma ever. She told…