Archive for November, 2010

An American Thanksgiving

There are so many things to be thankful for these days. Family, friends, health, every new day, every leg of safe travel to-throughout-from Ohio, food on the table, life itself (in zoe, psuche, and bios forms)…  In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Paul reminds us to “Always rejoice, unceasingly pray, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Well, may every day be filled with just that and we’d be those in the perfect will of God by having our hearts turned to the Lord and receive the dispensing of zoe-life from our dear Lord Jesus Christ. As easy as it was to enjoy a nice plate of Thanksgiving fare with a whole lot of pie a la mode for bodily health, I’m reminded that it is just as easy to enjoy the Lord for spiritual health simply by calling on His name with three little words…”Oh Lord Jesus” as I walk and talk to Him throughout all the ups, downs, and in-betweens in the course of human life.

Well-oiled Hospitality

Ohio, where it's plain.

Over the last two days, I’ve traveled over the lower quadrant of Ohio visiting friends en route to the Thanksgiving Conference. Columbus – Oxford – Cedarville – Columbus, and many many townships in the middle. My friend Andrew describes it best when he greeted us with “Welcome to the land of NOWHERE! Nothing to see except Jesus.” Coming from the land of the “OC”, Ohio is definitely a vast expanse of nothingness. As we drove over to der Dutchman – an Amish bakery and restaurant in Plain City, I exclaimed “It’s plain city!” to my travel buddy, Laura, on day 2 of our journey. She whole-heartedly agreed not realizing that was the name of the city…but to us OCers, that’s just what Ohio is…plain in its own beauty.

So the two of us stayed with the Cho’s in Columbus for the first night, at Yang’s in Cedarville the second night, and then with about 12 others at the Yang’s in Columbus the third night…. Talk about well-oiled hospitality with the dearest people ever! You just gotta love the Lord and His body as seen in the sweet family-church life.

Tomorrow we’re having an American Thanksgiving with 20 or so others and boy will that be fun! It will be my first American Thanksgiving. Stay tuned to see what that’s all about…

Enter the Blogger

What can I blog about next?

Back in April of 2009, I started my first blog. Not too happened since then. So this is attempt number 2. Hopefully I’ll average more than one post every few months. I’m a very slow learner when it comes to learning new technology. So here I am again, trying to enter into this blogging world…but hey, at least I finally found a skin I like and am learning how to organize things from behind-the-scenes. Steep and slow learning curve…but I think I’ll eventually figure it out “by doing”…I guess that’s the only way I’ve made it through life til now…just doing, exploring, learning til my brain catches up and can make sense of all the doing.

For those who ever considered the blogging world, hey, if I could do it, I’m sure anyone else out there can give it a try and do a much better job than me. :0) We all just have to start somewhere and once we do, the only way we can go is up. (Did I just butcher that idiomatic saying?) I’m not the most eloquent of persons, nor did I ever learn all the grammatical rules of the English language, but I’m happy to throw my thoughts out there in hopes that you too will send some back my way. Happy reading!

(Photo courtesy of Fresh Ivey Photography).