February 20, 2010 - Shalom
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called— one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:2-6 NIV
Pax vobiscum! Peace be with you! Shalom!
What is the picture of “perfect peace” that comes to your mind? Could it be of a quiet lake with the opposite shore and skyline reflecting tranquilly off the water’s surface? Perhaps it would be a picture of a quiet moment shared by loved ones. Or could it be of a bird sitting on a nest behind a water fall? The base of the fall was just a few feet away from her nest. The pool was frothing from the cascade and the sky was wild with storm clouds. Maybe not… The noise and constant dripping off the mist condensing on the rocks overhead seems anything but peaceful.
There once was a King who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The King looked at all the pictures, and he chose the picture of the bird sitting on her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest... perfect peace.
Do you know why? "Because," explained the King, "peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace."
I give you peace, the kind of peace that only I can give. It isn't like the peace that this world can give. So don't be worried or afraid. John 14:27 (Contemporary English Version)
Let us pray: Dear Heavenly Father, May we be united by the peace we receive when Jesus is in our heart; patient, caring and calm from your love! For we pray in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
February 10, 2010 - Double Snow Whammy
The story for the past two weeks has been snow! I was home last weekend and was able to keep us shoveled out. However, the bigger snow came these past two days while I have been in Boston. This meant that Val and Gianna were on double duty to keep up with the snow that fell at a rate of 2" per hour. Here is a photo taken by Gianna of the back deck and back yard looking toward the bbq grill and bird feeder. Val said she measured 24" on the deck which was clear before the snow began falling two days ago. No drifts.
January 30, 2010 - Michael Foster
A friend of mine, Sarg, passed away last week unexpectedly. He was not feeling well one day, and gone two weeks later. We met in Christian Motorcyclist Association ministry in 1997. At the time, he and his brother in Christ (Fred Pope) rode from Toms River to Trenton once a month to meet with our chapter. We worked events together, went to rallies together, celebrated victories in the Lord and cried some losses together (Roger and Ed most notably). I watched him grow in CMA through the birth of a new Chapter; Salvation Soldiers where he served in a number of roles. I am deeply saddened to read the news and feel for his family's loss. My prayers are with them.
AGE: 55 TOMS RIVER
January 10, 2010 - Impressive Cold
One of the new projects I've launched during this sailing off-season is the fairing of the keel on the Alradee. Gianna (a new driver), chauffeured me down to the marina where the Alradee is on the hard so that I could get some measurements from the keel. We got to the boat, jumped out, took the measurements, and jumped back in the truck. It must have taken all of 15 minutes. But we were both chilled to the bone in that time. The wind blowing at about 10 mph and a temperature of about 28, made it very uncomfortable very quickly. It has now been 4 hours since that time in the cold, and my legs still ache.
Be careful out there friends.
January 3, 2010 - A new year
I missed an entry for this week. However, it was good to bid good riddance to 2009 with Gianna, Sydney, Val and I home together to watch the ball drop.
December 27, 2009 - Getting Started
Today is the first edition of my weekly blog. I am not an expert, on these things, but I'll give it a shot. This week is my week off. I intend to spend it with my girls; playing on the Wii, maybe taking a trip to NYC, or maybe heading into Philadelphia. It should be a lot of fun.
This is the last week of the year. We have much to be thankful for; mom surviving her cancer, Val recovering well from her total hip replacement, I completed my my first full year with State Street Bank and Trust. It will be the ongoing theme for the week. Thank you Lord, for all the blessing you bestowed on my family and me.