I was in high school when I was told that The Chronicles of Narnia were much more than just great books of fantasy. They were, in fact, C.S. Lewis’ vision of the Christian faith for Children. Lewis wanted to share the foundations of the faith in an exciting way. He succeeded! Along the way, the children experience wonderful adventures, while learning deep truth…
Hahnville High School required that students wear dress clothes for their graduation. Daverius did not realize that his expensive sneakers did not meet the dress code. He was turned away at the door for his dress code violation. Daverius was shocked, to say the least. As he walked away from the graduation that he had worked so hard for, Daverius was stopped by John Butler. Mr. Butler was a staff member at Hahnville High School. He knew Daverius and had no intention of letting him miss his graduation…
Often, when we first start our families, it is a challenging time. Young couples are not quite financially secure. When money is tight, it often causes additional stress. Krystal and Patrick Duhaney understand the stress a lack of income causes. When they had their first child, they had very little funds. Now that they are a little older and doing better with their careers, they are working to bless new families. Recently, the Duhaneys went to a local store. Taking with them a large amount cash, they began sneaking the money into diaper boxes.
After this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to come. And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and salute no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages; do not go from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you; heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.”
I love you, Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and I have been saved from my enemies.
Not long after we had just moved into our house, we were in our front yard, taking a good look at our front flower beds. As we were taking a look around, our next-door neighbor came out of her house to introduce herself to us. We had a nice conversation as we stood in our yard on a beautiful June day. We were not long into our conversation with our new neighbor when she asked us, “Do you have a church?” The conversation had not yet turned to what I do for a living…
There is a great joy that comes when we are nice to others. When I am able to give to someone in need or perform a kind deed that blesses another person, it makes me feel good. Sadly, we are living in difficult times. In the past month, we have experienced job losses, we have seen oil prices drop, and we have a strange virus that is turning our world upside down. So much is out of our control. These difficult times can really test our patience and our kindness. It is not as easy to be kind, especially when others around us have short tempers too.
Christian Barbara is a mechanic. He spends his days fixing cars. He is the lead mechanic at Phantom Motor Works in Rhode Island. During the COVID-19 lockdown, Christian would often see a young lady in a wheelchair passing by his shop. One day, she stopped and asked for a little help. She needed some air in her wheelchair tire. Christian was glad to help. While filling the tire with air, Christian struck up a conversation with the young lady, Linda Abrants. They quickly became friends.
I was in Texas when I learned about a significant part of Oklahoma history. I was born and raised in Oklahoma. I am a proud Okie. I have lived in many parts of our great state, and I have come to truly appreciate my home. Sadly, I remember the day I was attending a class in seminary when I learned about the Tulsa race massacre. I was in a small room on the campus of SMU, listening to a guest speaker. The speaker taught about the events that happened in Tulsa and I was shocked.
This week, I was driving to my hometown of Lawton. As I was driving, I passed the Fort Sill National Cemetery. This particular cemetery is special to me because of the number of family members, including my mother, who are buried within the beautiful grounds of this national cemetery. It looked quiet and peaceful. The grass was bright green because of the recent rains. As I drove past, I noticed the beautiful, large American flag, flying high above the grounds. In this moment, I was reminded about the many Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who are buried there. The beauty of the Stars and Stripes against the backdrop of that cemetery served as a reminder of the true meaning of Memorial Day in the United States of America.