Sunday, January 23, 2011

Embracing the True Meaning of the Gospel

I heard a Reverend Nathan Coleman today talking about how we honor Martin Luther King, Jr.  He asked an excellent question, 'do we celebrate him as a hero or do we work to make his dream a reality?'  In order for global Christians to embrace the truth of the gospel, we must work for education and justice.  He suggested that the issues most important to MLK Jr were racism, economic justice and war [or peace]. 

According to a quote by King, "America is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world."  If he could say that then, what would he think now?  We are too comfortable and neglect to stand up for what is right.  We allow our children to see and participate in virtual violence.  Martin Luther King Jr had the courage to speak and live truth and justice.  Can we do any less?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

New Job

Enjoying my second week at Eastern University.  I'm working with a great team of people.  The campus is beautiful with paths, ponds, interesting buildings, and lots of snow. 

My office is on the edge of (almost off) campus in a three story tudor house.  The photo gives a glimpse of the building and lawn which seems to be popular for sledding.  I'm in a tiny little office on the 2nd floor. 

The student center is in a fabulous old stone mansion which was the original house/estate donated to form the college.  There is a nice coffee shop/grill where I have had lunch twice.  I was able to take Deryck & Gennie there and on a campus tour.

I'm excited to be part of a team and look forward to being able to serve the kingdom in this atmosphere of higher education and dedication to justice and faith.  My boss has encouraged me to interact with students and get a flavor for the school in that way.  I'm also supposed to spend time in reading and other professional development in the library and/or coffee shop.  Just my idea of a great way to spend a winter afternoon.  

Thursday, January 13, 2011

man, that first step is a doozy

we have taken the first step in this new journey and it was a big one.  the fog rolled in and the path is completely obscured.  but we walk in faith.

the day after i arrived in PA, my father in law passed away.  we are moving here to be close to our in-laws and to other family, so this was a big shock.  we are confident that this is God's plan for us and that this is His timing.  He is the giver of life and the only one who knows the number of our days.  Life is in His hands.  So we give Clayton back to  him and rejoice in the knowledge that we will see him again one day on the streets of gold. 

but in the meantime, we struggle with sadness and grief.  the fog threatens to overcome us.  we are distracted and confused.  we are human.  yet we know that our family needs us in this hour and we are thankful to be among loved ones and offering love and support.  Deryck and the girls will arrive on Saturday and we will be together for the funeral and some family time. 

thank you all for your love and prayers.  we are sustained by your prayers and lifted up.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Ringing in the New Year

2011 is a year of new beginnings for our family.

A new job for mom, a job hunt for dad, a relocation to a new city, a daughter who will graduate and go off to college, an empty nest for mom & dad, hopefully a new house.

One of the early challenges will be finding a new church where we can feel at home and also plug into ministry using our gifts.  A church of just the right size and one that is Bible based.

I'm excited about being close to a major city and all the arts, culture and recreation available.  Walking and biking along the Schuylkill.  Climbing the Rocky steps on a warm day. Visiting Germantown and its historic homes. Someone suggested The Barnes House.  I hope to go see the cherry blossoms in D.C., something I've always wanted to do.  Go to the Smithsonian.  Maybe go to NYC for a day to visit museums.

For those of you we haven't yet had a chance to connect with personally, you may wish to know more of the story ... we have been wanting to be closer to family in order to spend more time with them.  As the end of one stage of life approached [kids at home], we began to explore opportunities.  I found a job rather quickly at Eastern University, just 15 minutes from family.  I'll be starting in January.  Gen will stay in GA until she graduates mid-May.  Deryck will stay until then or until he finds a job in PA, whichever comes sooner.

We are sad to be leaving AIM.  It's a great ministry and our time there has been wonderful.  Our boss wrote a nice tribute to us on his blog yesterday.  Our lives have been enriched by our association with the great people at AIM.  Deryck will continue on part time there until he makes the move.

Ringing in the New Year from Rhode Island this year ... started off with a sunset drive along the ocean, a nice dinner, a movie marathon, some games, and a midnight drive down to look at the harbor.  Heading for a New Year's Day Brunch and then perhaps a walk.

Happy New Year!