Monthly Archives: July 2008

Good Morning From Heaven

On July 12th, 1996, our daughter Morgan died at the age of 7 months from leukemia.  From her first week of life it was a great struggle for her.  Despite a nurse telling my wife to “just get over it, she has colic,” something just wasn’t right with our little girl. She was constantly crying until finally starting chemotherapy which, unfortunately, took its toll on her little body. 

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Horatio Spafford Story

This is an uplifting encouraging story told by Bill Gaither about Horatio Spafford who wrote, “It is Well.”  It is followed by a rendition by the Gaither Vocal Band.  It is an incredible testimony and song.  Later in the song, the vocals by Guy Penrod and David Phelps are awesome.  I hope you enjoy.

You’ll Never Hit the Ball if You Don’t Swing

On a lighter note today, this spring my son played t-ball for the first time. We all had a great time and we loved watching kids his age (6) play. It’s also fun to watch some of the grown-ups act like spoiled brats but that’s another story for another day.  Anyway, between chasing bugs, lying down in the outfield, running off the field to the bathroom or climbing the dugout fence, you just never knew what one of those kids would do. (The pros are kind of like that only what they do I can’t repeat here).  So, you know the game. They put a ball on a plastic tee and the kids swing at the ball and take off running (assuming they hit the ball).
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One-Way Racism

There is one issue that, perhaps more than any other, has divided this country over the years.  That issue is racism.  A lot of evil things have been done in the name of race over the years, many of which are well documented.  From the Civil Rights movement and racial ugliness in the 60’s that covered the airwaves and saw the emergence of great respected leaders like Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rosa Parks, to name a few; from the gruesome Rodney King beating in L.A. several years ago to the present-day presidential election, there seems to constantly be issues lingering that involve different races.  While we’ve made some strides over the years, we still have quite a ways to go before racism is erased from our minds and vocabulary.  But if we ever want to end racism, we need to begin by truly defining racism in all its elements and face it head-on.

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Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

As humans, we can’t stand to not know the answers to questions.  That is why we have science.  That is why billions of dollars or more are spent every year on research.  We want to know why and, generally, as soon as possible.  We like for everything to fit in our labelled boxes.  One of the greatest and mysterious questions of all time is, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” 

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