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A Veteran’s Bravery

November 7, 2020

A funeral I officiated recently had a uniqueness about it I will not soon forget. I did not know the family but I discovered that he had been a long time Army warrior and finished his career as a Lieutenant Colonel after turning down a promotion to Full Bird because he didn’t want to spend three years abroad. When I was asked to lead the service I was informed the family had requested a Major General to attend and provide the eulogy. This career Army officer knew the deceased personally and provided some amazing stories of how he had earned... View Article

“Looking forward to the end!”

October 30, 2020

A recent look in our mailbox found the regulation size box stuffed full. Included were plenty of catalogs offering seasonal home decor, gifts, and delectable deserts, and a fair share of colleges trying to catch the attention of a certain high school senior. But overwhelmingly the bulk of the room was taken up by political mailers. Two things I’m guessing most Americans can agree on – someone is making a mint on producing full color advertising, and we are excited to see the amount of mail return to normal.  While we look towards November 3rd and the end of campaign... View Article

“A Little Bit of Light”

October 23, 2020

In my library there is a book which recounts the story of six American Navy Pilots in World War II. These pilots launched from a carrier deck in the North Atlantic on a mission to surveil some enemy submarines. While they were away on their mission, the Captain of the Aircraft Carrier was forced to issue a blackout alarm – no visible lights allowed for the carrier to remain stealthy. As the pilots approached the ship, the lead pilot radioed to the ship operator asking him to turn on the landing lights. “Blackout Alarm issued, no light allowed” was all... View Article

Never Alone

October 18, 2020

  I attended a pastor’s conference last week and heard a speaker present some sad data on emotional distress and loneliness which is leading to an increase in suicide. The fallout from the pandemic surely has heightened these feelings and has served to further isolate us from each other. It has taken considerably more effort to gather with friend groups this year than in previous years due to restrictions on how many people can gather and how close you can sit when together. If you are feeling alone, nervous, or anxious, please know that you are not forgotten.  1 Peter... View Article

“What is Life…?”

January 31, 2020

“What is life…?” In the current climate of political division, election year politicking, and a middle east peace plan that seems to be dead on arrival, it is easy to conclude that our country is divided by an idealogical chasm. And along comes an event which, for a moment anyways, overwhelms our collective soul and allows us to see the humanity around us. That awakening happened last Sunday morning when a helicopter went down with nine people on board. Each of the deceased represents a family torn apart by tragedy and left to heal without the love of a significant... View Article

“Who’s Ready to move on?”

January 5, 2020

“Who’s ready to move on?” There is a debate that happens this time of year in regards to the end of the Christmas season. It’s evident if you drive around town and notice the discarded Christmas Trees set out for the ride to the Muscatine Recycling Center. The argument is centered on how long to leave Christmas decor set up in the house. Some are determined to get the tree down and decorations put away the day after Christmas while others hold onto the Christmas finery until well after the start of the new year.  If you are in the... View Article

I can’t wait

September 6, 2019

I just can’t wait I recently heard a young lady telling her friends she just “couldn’t wait for fall to get here.” The things you anticipate about fall might reveal just how old you really are. For me, and probably most of you, the highlights include: changing leaves, campfires, college football, and the sound of a quiet air conditioner unit. But for younger generations the anticipation of fall includes: cute flannel shirts, great leather boots, fuzzy sweatshirts, and pumpkin spice lattes.   Even if fall isn’t your thing there are probably times in your life that you’ve expressed this type... View Article

Beauty in Duress

September 1, 2019

Beauty in duress There’s an often repeated statement that encourages one to, “Stop and smell the roses.” It rarely is taken literally as you most often hear this when there aren’t any roses around. The reminder is an easy way to encourage a deliberate appreciation of your immediate surroundings. It’s a great reminder to slow down and consider life.  I wasn’t ready for this reminder to grab my attention the way it did last week. As I was driving my eyes spotted a beautiful flowering plant right on the side of the road – by side of the road, I... View Article

What happened to the Shooting Stars?

August 16, 2019

Last week was kind of a big deal for those who like to watch the sky – it was the zenith of the annual Perseids Meteor Shower. Some estimates place the streaking meteors at over sixty per hour. Muscatine is in a good location to enjoy the show with lots of rural area not far from town. One of the biggest downfalls for many would be watchers has to do with what time is best for viewing, usually in the early morning hours for the highest concentration. Not many people want to set an alarm for 3 am to get... View Article

“I’ll Huff and I’ll Puff…”

August 11, 2019

The friendly weatherman boldly predicted that an intense line of rain and wind was expected to hit in the early morning hours of Tuesday – and like clockwork the storm arrived with enough wind, lightning, and thunder to roust almost everyone. As I waited the storm out I wondered if this was how the three little pigs felt when the faced some intense “huffing and puffing.” It was a great time when the storm subsided and the house was still standing.     This offers us a chance to consider how ready we are to handle some significant personal storms. Even... View Article