Monday Musings for November 6, 2017

Dear Friends,

In the seven-plus years I’ve been your pastor, I’ve taken more trips to Madras, Oregon than I can count.  That’s where I am this morning.  I’m here for a quick visit with my mom.  She had a hard week last week so I just felt I needed to see her.  Collin, our soon-to-be 21-year-old came with me.

My dad passed away in 2013.  There were many trips as he was declining.  Now my mom is needing more attention.  I am very grateful for the grace this church has extended in allowing me to be away as often as I am.

I’ll be back Tuesday afternoon.  I’ll be in church on Sunday.  My sermon’s on “civility”.  Richard Pimentel has a tribute to veterans you will love.  And we’ll be presenting Bibles to our Sunday school children.  I didn’t want to miss it, and you won’t either.

At a recent Christmas, my mom gave me a present she wasn’t sure I would appreciate.  It was the same panda bear I had been given when I was born (62 years ago this Sunday).  I had no idea she still had it.  It’s now one of my most prized possessions.

Stuffed animals, given in love, mean so much.

So I thought I would share this story Russ Hutchison sent to me about Campbell, the little boy who loved to make and give away stuffed animals.  Enjoy.

In Christ,