Archive for October, 2008
I leave in the morning to join Linda in Washington for an extra long weekend. Not the best time to be away from here with the Convergence Summit to begin in two weeks but it is the time we have. We are getting very close to the 50 students (41 today) we asked God for. It is going to be a powerful time!
Going back to Washington is always filled with mixed emotions. Great joy at seeing our children and our 5 grandchildren. They are all so fun to be with and in different ways doing great things for the Kingdom. Nothing better than that and the focus will be totally there. I am so blessed to have great children, who are more friends than “kids” and grandchildren who get excited when they see us.
But there is still a sadness in returning. Knowing, after almost exactly 3 years, nothing has changed between people who were my “best” friends and me. Our relationships are still broken and no attempt is being made to fix them. I made a run at it one relationship this past summer and the other person tried and I appreciated their effort, but finishing the task was not as important to them as everything else in their life. Others it seems, just don’t care. And really, why would they? Three years have gone by, everyone has moved on… To find real, obvious, public forgiveness is too hard, too messy. Why bother?
I reread Abba’s Child with regularity. This is the passage I opened to, tonight: The exigencies of forgiveness are simply beyond the capacity of ungraced human will. Only reckless confidence in a Source greater than ourselves can empower us to forgive the wounds inflicted by others. Experientially, the inner healing of the heart is seldom a sudden catharsis or an instant liberation from bitterness, anger, resentment and hatred. More often it is a gentle growing into oneness with the Crucified who has achieved our peace through His blood on the cross. This may take considerable time because the memories are still so vivid and the hurt so deep. But it will happen.
I hope so.
(Abba’s Child-Brennan Manning, Navpress 1994, 2002, page 68)
Cold this morning but the sun is shining. That does make a difference. As I have said repeatedly, the weather is very good here except for the wind.
Item one. Did you see T. Boone Pickins on 60 minutes last night. He loves the wind we have out here. Check this map out. (HERE) His ranch and wind farm is about an hour or so west of here. You can watch the 60 Minutes interview with T. Boone HERE. I like this guy and wish he was running for prez. He has actual plans and actually putting his money where his mouth is. What a novel idea. Maybe T. Boone could hook up with W. Buffett and fix things. His view of things HERE.
Item two. Only 8 more days till the election. Are you being bombarded with emails like I am with information about Obama? I just don’t know what to think. Is he a Muslim? Is he the Biblical anti-Christ? Are we on the door of the great tribulation? Is he the messiah? I know I won’t vote for him and there are a lot of questions but how does anyone actually know what is true and what is just made up? What role does God play in all of this? Does He place people in places of power or does He just let us have what we want? A fairly reasoned approach to this subject can be found over at Vanguard. I am not endorsing it, just find it interesting. Find it HERE.
Item three. Linda is in Washington now after a week with her family in Oregon. She seems to be having a good time and enjoyed a few days on the Oregon coast with her two sisters. I will join her Thursday evening for a long weekend. Really looking forward to being back “home”.
Item four. Could there be anymore of a difference between the football teams of my home state and the ones in my adopted state. Washington and Washington State are a combined 0-for the season and ranked near the very bottom of the Top 125 while Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have only one loss each and both to the #1 team in the country, Texas. Oklahoma is #4 and Oklahoma State is #9. Is it possible that two large state schools in the same state could be as miserable as UW and WSU? I watched a little of the UW/Notre Dame game and it was pathetic, not just horrible, embarrassing horrible. On the other hand I watched both OU and OSU and they are very, very good, both of them. It is fun to be in a state where the football is so good and Texas is on TV every week too. Texas Tech and Missouri aren’t to bad either. If you like college football, this is a very good year to spend some time in the heartland. Update: I forgot WSU did beat Portland State a junior varsity team. There is another team here in Oklahoma that is 7-0, the Univerity of Tulsa Golden Hurricane.
Have a great week.
Paul Scott Scandrett October 24, 1978-December 31, 1994.
Hard to believe our 16 year old boy is 30 years old today. I know lots of us are thinking about him on this day of his birth, but thought this little note I got today from his cousin Ryan, was fun. Ryan and Paul are a few months a part in age.
Thinking of you and your family today on Paul’s birthday. I’d a made fun of him for turning 30…although, i’d be right behind him.
Our friend Cody Custer, a world champion bull rider, and frankly a world champion bull pitcher, always has a joke or two to share via is ever present iPhone. Along with his practical jokes and fun loving nature, Cody is passionate about his Father and his family, which includes a lot of people like Linda and me. We are grateful for Cody and Stacey’s friendship.
So for the Friday Funny, here are a couple from Cody:
A lawyer and a blonde woman are sitting next to each other on a long flight.The lawyer asks if she would like to play a fun game.
The blonde is tired and just wants to take a nap, so she politely declines and tries to catch a few winks.
The lawyer persists, that the game is a lot of fun. ‘I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me only $5; you ask me one, and if I don’t know the answer, I will pay you $500.’
This catches the blonde’s attention; and, to keep him quiet, she agrees to play the game.
The lawyer asks the first question. ‘What’s the distance from the earth to the moon?’
The blonde doesn’t say a word, reaches in to her purse, pulls out a five-dollar bill, and hands it to the lawyer
Now, it’s the blonde’s turn. She asks the lawyer, ‘What goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down with four?’
The lawyer uses his laptop, searches all references. He uses the Airphone; he searches the Net and even the Library of Congress. He sends e-mails to all the smart friends he knows, all to no avail. After one hour of searching he finally gives up.
He wakes up the blonde and hands her $500.
The blonde takes the $500 and goes back to sleep.
The lawyer is going nuts not knowing the answer.
He wakes her up and asks, ‘Well, so what goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four?’
The blonde reaches into her purse, hands the lawyer $5 and goes back to sleep.
Don’t mess with blondes…..
A cabbie picks up a nun. She gets into the cab, and notices that the VERY handsome cab driver won’t stop staring at her.
She asks him why he is staring. He replies: “I have a question to ask, but I don’t want to offend you.”
She answers, “My son, you cannot offend me. When you’re as old as I am and have been a nun as long as I have, you get a chance to see and hear just about everything. I’m sure that there’s nothing you could say or ask that I would find offensive.”
“Well, I’ve always had a fantasy to have a nun kiss me.”
She responds, “Well, let’s see what we can do about that: #1, you have to be single and #2, you must be Catholic.”
The cab driver very excitedly replies, “Yes, I’m single and Catholic!”
“OK,” the nun says. “Pull into the next alley.”
The nun fulfills his fantasy with a kiss that would make a hooker blush.
But when they get back on the road, the cab driver starts crying.
“My dear child,” says the nun, “Why are you crying?”
“Forgive me but I’ve sinned. I lied and I must confess…I’m married and I’m Jewish!”
The nun replies, “That’s OK…my name is Kevin and I’m going to a Halloween party!”
With things as they are a good laugh feels pretty good.
The great weather has gone away for a few days, replaced by 30 mph winds with gusts to 40+, and some rain too. I have gotten really spoiled by the weather here as it is has been so good most of the months we have been here. The wind is the part I struggle with the most because it blows the trailer around some. Oh well, good with bad. The better weather will be back this weekend.
Item one.Linda left from OKC Monday to spend some time with her family in Oregon and then up to Washington to be with the kids and grandkids. She is having a good time. We couldn’t remember the last time she spent time alone with her parents so this is a good thing for all of them. I miss having her here but will join her in Washington the end of the month.
Item two. We have been doing quite a bit of travelling the last few days. We drove up into the Oklahoma panhandle (Guyman) to bring an older 5th wheel back here for some friends. It was a 400+ round trip. Then Monday the 300 mile RT to Oklahoma City for some business and to the airport, than yesterday a 2 hour RT up to Canadian, Texas to a meeting. A little unusual to be out and about this much but always good to get on the road and see the country.
Item three. For those of you in Washington, did you ever expect to see the Seattle Times endorsing a Republican for Governor? I was so suprised to find this endorsement in the Times last week. Even a liberal paper like the Times can see that in these times of economic upheaval we can’t have a liberal running the state.
Item four. Why are young evangelicals supporting Barack Obama for prez? Apparently even the abortion issue is not enough to overcome the dissatisfaction with the status quo. Look here for survey.
Item five. We Christians are so often smug about the sins of others while ignoring our own. In spite of an almost universal belief in free grace we are not very free with it. This post is a must read. Find it HERE.
Item six. Here is a fun fall post from friend Rachel in Kansas. It has lots of pictures and shows just how nice it can be out here in the fall. Find it Here (especially like the finger pics!) Rachel’s sister, Kaylee has moved to Pennsylvania and posts a lot of pictures of her new life too. Find her HERE. Kaden Cronquist is 3, 3 weeks that is. Cool looking kid, right HERE. Son Brad has several new posts as well on a variety of subjects. Find him HERE. Good to see these young people doing so well and following Jesus.
Well, need to get on to other things. Have a great rest of the week.
When we got up this morning it was nearly 70 degrees and now at 1pm it is 50. A little cold front moving through. Guess we will be in this trend for a few days and then back to the beautiful Western Oklahoma weather, 75 and sunny.
Item one. The truck driving part of my life is about the same. I am still in a learning mode. I try to go with a friend as often as possible so I can drive more, load and unload frac tanks and get used to 4 wheelin’ in a semi. (see last meanderings for information on hauling frac tanks) I compared it to log truck driving in virgin forests in the NW. I think it is a fair comparison. It is amazing to me what an oil boom brings to an area. There are literally hundreds of heavy duty trucks, rigs of all kinds, pickups etc that are flying down narrow roads between here and the Texas Panhandle. There is an intersection in the little town of Sweetwater, Oklahoma that is just a four way stop in the middle of nowhere, where, between 7-9 in the morning I would bet, 1500-2000 vehicles pass through on there way to various oil/natural gas wells. I have never seen anything like it. Highway 6 is a very dangerous highway that runs from Oklahoma out into Texas over which much of this traffic flows. It reminds me a lot of Highway 3 in Washington between Shelton and Bremerton because of the amount of traffic and the many accidents, but it is far more isolated and has more big rig traffic driven by people going too fast with too little sleep. Good times!
Item two. The Convergence Summit, our intensive 10 day school which begins November 13, is fast coming together. We asked the Lord to give us 50 people and we are nearing 30. It will be fine with those numbers but I really think we are supposed to have 50. We have people coming from all over the west and midwest and the schedule is packed. We are doing the food service, providing housing, doing some of the teaching and managing the daily schedule. We have good help, of course, great help in fact, but the responsibility falls to us. We are thankful that we were called to this, because that assures the Spirit will carry us. Thanks for your prayers.
Item three. There are some beautiful pics of our beautiful granddaughter Sage Olivia Scandrett on Summer’s blog. I don’t believe there is anything more important you could do with your time than to go HERE and see this beautiful little girl. No, I am not prejudiced, as I think you will see when you go look at the pics, she is all that…
Item four. We are getting close, again, to our son Paul’s birthday. He will be 30 years old. I am sure I will write about it again on the day (24th) but it seems I have been missing that boy more lately. Being away from Traci and Brad and their families might be part of why I miss the little guy more, just more in the “missing” mode, these days. This is year 14 of this… losing a child journey, and while time does heal the gaping wound, there is still that scar, that missing. I wonder how our friends David and Lena are doing in year 15? How about Paul and Margie, who must be in about year 13 of the missing? Or Michael in year 5. Or maybe the new friend Linda made this weekend who is in year 3 or 4 of missing her daughter. How about Bill and Leslee in year 2? My friend Sumi is in year 1 and writes so honestly about the “missing”. You can find her latest HERE.
Item five. I found this burden lifting prayer HERE. May it unburden you as you pray it today.
God who offers abundance and plenty where we expect scarcity,
Provide for all those who are hungry and in need of food today.
God who lives amongst us, hear our prayer
God who promises security and safety when we expect turmoil,
Provide for all those who have lost jobs and are forced into homelessness today.
God who lives amongst us, hear our prayer
God who grants us rest in face of our fears and anxieties
Provide for all those who are anxious about finances today,
God who lives amongst us, hear our prayer
God who provides community for all who are alone and abandoned
Provide for all who feel abandoned and uncared for in these troubled times
God who lives amongst us, hear our prayer
God who is always in control even when nations shake and economies crumble,
Fill all who are empty and rescue those who are enslaved by debt
God who lives amongst us, hear our prayer
May the God who led the people of Israel through the desert
Guard and protect you this day
May the Christ who transforms the worst experiences into the best of God
Comfort and embrace you this day
May the Spirit who draws close and seals you with God’s love in times of need
Reach into your circumstances and fill you with the water of life.
The peace of the Creator of love be yours
The peace of the Christ of hope be yours
The peace of the Spirit of life be yours
The peace of all peace be yours this day and forever.
When I need a laugh, as most of us do right about now (8612.24 is not funny; DJI close), I go to Stuff Christians Like. You can read any of the postings there and find a laugh or two, especially if you grew up going to church every time the door was open, like I did. But at least check out this one, and be absolutely sure to read the comments. If you don’t think its funny, oh well, I did!
For my many Cowboy/girl friends you might try this one about roping a deer! HERE it is.
I find myself lately doing what it seems I always do, during political seasons; trying to figure out how to vote for either of the two choices and wondering why it always comes down to who I dislike least. I spent some time with my pastor and others in the Trinity office today, talking politics and economics and recognizing that once again we are all pretty much voting against the other guy. I just get frustrated and find myself wanting to opt out. I know there are lots of us that identify with the feeling, but we are so afraid of what will happen if one of the guys win, we just resign ourselves to the lesser of two evils (they are probably both nice guys, maybe not even evil). No doubt for the believer the differences in these two are clear and I am at the place where, as a believer in Jesus, my decision seems to be made by these differences. Doesn’t mean I have to like the choices.
Greg Boyd is a maverick, no doubt about it. Out of step with almost everybody. Probably why I have liked him for years, liked his thinking so much at one point it cost me a friendship. A recent post on his blog caught my attention. What follows is an excerpt from it. No doubt, many of you will not like it, some just because Greg Boyd wrote it, but read it, then post a good comment against what he says, I had a hard time disagreeing much.
The tragic truth is that the church in America is profoundly broken. Instead of addressing our own massive shortcomings and sin, however, many leaders are trying to get us to focus on fixing Caesar! We aren’t doing what we’re called to do, in part because we’re so busy trying to get Caesar to do it! We’re ignoring the log in our own eye while trying to find a speck in Caesar’s! We’re doing very little of what Jesus called us to do and spending a lot of time doing things Jesus never told us to do. Instead of bleeding to transform the world through the self-sacrificial power of the cross, we’re trying to transform the world through the self-serving power of the sword. Instead of feasting at the banquet of God’s humble, servant love, we’re joining in the world’s scramble to scarf up a morsel of power that falls from Caesar’s table.
How we need to be freed from the illusion that we’re doing anything kingdom by voting a certain way every couple years! How we need to wake up to the truth that we vote for or against the Kingdom every day of our life. We vote by how we spend our money and time. We vote by where we live, who we hang out with, the kind of car we drive and the kind of clothes we wear. In the Kingdom, we vote with our lives, not in a booth expressing our opinion about what Caesar should do.
You can find the entire post right HERE.
Thanks to all who have commented on my post What lies beneath. They were articulate and helpful. I appreciate your concern, prayers and hope filled direction.
What you don’t get to read in the comments are the words Linda shares with me day after day, encouraging, hopeful, consistent, loving, rebuking, exhorting and caring. She doesn’t just read what I write, she lives with what I feel, fear and sees me struggle and goes on loving me, faithfully. For those of you who do not know our past, you do not know what she has lived through, including the loss of our son Paul Scott, disappointment in me, the rejection by a faith community she thought was different, leaving a home she loved and work she excelled in and was affirmed by, walking together with me through some very difficult days while consistently and honestly affirming that her God will not leave us or forsake us. That we continue to walk together and enjoy most of life together makes me a blessed man. She seldom grows weary in well doing… Since I do, it is good the Father put us together.
This blog has always been about the things I am thinking and feeling. I make no apologies for it. It is a blog, a journal, it is not intended to speak for anyone other than me. I am grateful that there are many who read it and learn from it. From time to time my angst does come out but I have discovered that even those posts speak in a helpful way to some of you, who also struggle with down times, doubts, disappointments and fear.
So today I offer this:
God is sovereign over all things, including nations, economies (stock markets, housing, inflation, etc.) and people like us. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and the earth is yours… You rule over all. (1Chronicles 28:11-12)
God’s sovereign oversight is never shaken and His purposes are never compromised. In other words, He does not worry when banks fail nor does He call emergency sessions in heaven when markets tumble. Remember this and stand firm…I am God and there is no other…My counsel shall stand and I will accomplish all My purposes. (Isaiah.46:8-9,11)
Our sovereign God also has tender compassion for our current situation. He cares about the issues of everyday life that concern us. Humble yourselves under God’s mighty hand so that at the proper time, He may exalt you, casting all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. (1Peter 5:6-7)
Frankly this sovereign, compassionate God is our only real source of hope. Join me in refusing the CNN-Fox-NBC-ABC-CBS-MSNBC-NY Times-Newsweek, etc, view that the promised solution for our ills rests in market adjustments, economic forecasts and different political leadership. That is a lie that produces anxious fear. Our God alone will see us through. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright. (Psalm 20:7-8) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way… The Lord of hosts is with us. (Psalm 46:2,11)
Our lives never have been, nor will it they ever be, defined by our bank accounts, credit rating, mortgage status or retirement fund balance. We are so much more. Jesus said, ‘Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? (Matthew 6:25)
We must trust God for today, and only for today. Each day is a decision to rest in Him, just for this one day. Then tomorrow we get up and do it again. We must over and over again refuse to ask “what if?” questions. Following Jesus is nothing if not an everyday decision to trust our Father. It is about faith. (period) Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matt. 6:34) The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. (Lam. 3:22-23)
Thanks for reading.