Monday Morning Musings 02.22.16

  1. Its interesting to see how the cultural view of God has changed over the years. We now worship a God who always corresponds to what we think, one who never actually contradicts us - a very manageable deity who will never change us, either. How could he? We worship a God who looks like we do. Mark 9 blows all that apart as he describes Jesus transfigured before Peter, James and John. In a moment of absolute glory, Jesus reveals the full nature of His being as God - God in human flesh - Lord and King over all. From there, Jesus moves the disciples off the mountain - they don't get to stay there - so that the glory revealed in that moment could be brought to the darkness of the world. Such is our calling - to rise into God's presence through worship and catch glimpses of that glory - and then bring that light back to illuminate the darkness. ‪#‎howbigisyourGod‬?
  2. Ever since my kids were born, I have kept a book for each one with letters I would write them annually on their birthday and Christmas. They always knew they would get their books, written in my hand, on their 21st birthday. John David and Alex have each received theirs, and this week, Kaylee will get hers. When they were little and I would work on those letters, I would earnestly pray that God would let me actually be the one to put the books in their hands. For that reason, I am filled with a sense of gratitude to God that my prayer will be finally answered this week. ‪#‎joy‬
  3. A LOST ART: As I worked on writing Kaylee's final letter, it occurred to me that writing the English language is largely becoming a lost art. It saddens me to think children are no longer taught to write in script; they now learn to type on a keyboard. For me, a person's handwriting reflected some part of their personality, their "style." I still have letters written to me from both my grandmothers and when I look at them, it feels as if I am looking at a part of them. I wanted my children to see my words IN MY HAND. Please, let us not become a world that communicates through emojis. Let us use the beauty of the language we have been given to communicate with depth and richness. ‪#‎learntowrite‬
  4. Central Florida took a big blow this week when Carol Wick was removed by her board as the Executive Director of Harbor House, a crisis center for domestic violence. Carol has been a great leader that I have been privleged to serve with through the intersection of domestic violence and homelessness. She has brought vision and leadership to a much needed cause, including a new faciltiy that will serve hundreds of women and children in fear for their lives. I am sad for our community, but I am even more sad for the countless number of women and children who will no longer have her voice speaking for them. ‪#‎shewillbeback‬
  5. NEXT SUNDAY: FPCO will celebrate being debt-free for the first time in 25 years! All morning, we will honor those who got us to this milestone and also talk about our vision for the next ten years. And, we'll have cake! Who doesn't want cake?? Join us in person or watch online at 11 a.m. EST.
  6. Leigh and I attended a shower for our son, JD Swanson, and his finance,Caroline Maddox. Part of the evening included playing "the newlywed game" with her parents, us, and the soon-to-be newlyweds as the contestants. There were 9 questions. Keep in mind, Leigh and I led a marriage retreat last weekend. I thought we would OWN that game. We got 2 questions right. 2. ‪#‎marriagefail‬ ‪#‎Idontknowwhatshelovesforbreakfast‬
  7. THIS WEEKS'S SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE: A man was pulled over for suspicion of drunken driving and blew a .083 which led to his arrest. When asked by the officer if he had been drinking, he said "No, but I have eaten a large quantity of beer-battered fish." ‪#‎stayawayfromCaptainDs‬
  8. NEW WEBSITE: Thanks to Paige Ragan and Quinn Roberts, my new personal website will be up and running this week at My weekly FB post will now appear there as well for those who do not have access to Facebook. I will be posting other things as well, plus you can find information on my books, First Presbyterian, our family, and The Well.
  9. Last week, Monty Williams, head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, lost his wife when a car crossed the center line and hit her head on. His comments at her memorial service were profound - well worth the time to watch it. ‪#‎grace‬ ‪#‎maturity‬ ‪#‎heaven‬