I have a tattoo on my arm (much to the chagrin of my dear mother) with the word ‘shalom’ written in both in English and Hebrew. The colours used: red, yellow, black and white represent all people of all nations. The words are written on an ancient scroll with a fish, which symbolizes Jesus, bursting out of it. It says that ‘peace’ has a name, and His name is Jesus.
William James Pearson penned this very famous Salvation Army hymn in the late 1800’s, shortly after the organization was founded. But early Salvationists knew then what they know now; ‘joy’ is not the same thing as ‘happiness’. The world is full of pain and suffering and it touches us both personally and professionally.
Now that it’s February, we switch our attention to the missional theme of the month; LOVE. We chose ‘love’ for February because Valentine’s Day falls on February 14th. It’s a time where we intentionally express our love and appreciation for our partners, families and our friends.
The prophet Micah did not say that what the Lord requires of us is to dress up in our best clothes, head out to church every Sunday morning, sing some songs, clap our hands, listen to a sermon, and drink a cup of coffee in the lobby afterwards with the other people in the congregation who look and think just like us.
Original song performed by Dion Oxford. Music by Corey Lacey. Watch video
I spent Valentine’s Day away from my family this year. It sucked!
I’m in Myrtle Beach right now and have been since the beginning of February. I came here because winter takes such a brutal toll on my health (due to my life with MS) that I’m trying to avoid as much of winter as possible. So I’m skipping February! Now that I’m eternally thankful for.
Erinn and I have had a fun couple of weeks. Our daughter has been away at 2 summer sleepover camps in a row and we’ve had opportunity to have a bunch of ‘date nights’. We both love going to the movies, we did that a LOT when we were dating and first got married before Cate came along, so we’ve gone to see 3 films in the past 8 days. That feels like more than we’ve gone to in the past 10 years.
I have a confession and an apology to make.
I don’t hate you.
In fact, I think you’re beautiful. I’m sorry that I’ve been so angry at you for a few years now. I realized today that it’s not you that I’m mad at. It’s this awful disease of MS that I have that makes it so very difficult to get around in winter. I’m sorry for the misplaced anger. Please forgive me.
I’m been clean for 5 days now.
Yes. I’m an addict. And for the umpteenth time in a row I have committed to kicking my addiction as a new year’s resolution.
It’s slowly killing me. It’s damaging my health. It zaps my energy. It clouds my thinking.