Hail and Ice Storm

It may be spring, but the storms aren’t over! We had a terrific hail and ice storm!

Of course, it’s beautiful…

But it knocked the top right out of this stately old pine tree—

Worse yet…it fell not two feet from our van!

Had it fallen about three feet to the north, it probably would have totaled our van, but as it was, it only broke off the mirror and made a few gashes here and there. I was lamenting what to do, remembering that I’d just asked my insurance agent to take off everything but PLPD on the van last fall, when a friend hauled the tree away from the van for me and suggested that I try calling my home owner’s insurance. I called “just in case” they might cover it. In fact, my home owner’s policy wouldn’t touch auto damage. “However,” the agent responded cheerfully, “you still have complete coverage on your van, so we’ll fix it!”

Thank you, Lord! I often get frustrated by companies forgetting or failing to do what they say they’ll do, but this time I was overjoyed! I guess sometimes human error can actually work beneficially. So, it looks like in a week our van will be “good as new” again. Three cheers for a major disaster averted and help with the recovery! 🙂

“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning. Great is thy faithfulness.”

(Lamentations 3:22-23)


Spring Has Sprung!

Lots to celebrate today! It’s the first day of spring, and there’s open water for the swans. (In fact, it got up to 66° exactly two weeks after the swans returned. Aren’t they clever?) Even more exciting to me is the fact that Alan just completed his LAST radiation treatment, and he’s not even feeling too bad! We’re going to take the kids out to celebrate…both this momentous event, and the wonderful blessing of Stephen’s having been admitted to M.S.U.’s music performance program as well as their musicology program, and he’s going to receive a lovely teaching fellowship to fund his work while he toils to earn two M.A. degrees! 🙂

Finally, I want to tell you a fun story about my grand daughters. Michael and Grace took the girls to Italy (where you see they both took turns holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa). During their travels, Mike and Grace would give the girls a Euro to drop in street musicians’ hats. Well, after returning home, Michael was practicing with his new chanter (used to learn how to play the bagpipes). His little girls ran giggling to the bedroom, emptied out their piggy banks, and returned, dumping their gifts at Michael’s feet! I think that’s a wonderful example of what goes around comes around!! I love it! 🙂

“Give, and it shall be given unto you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use,  it will be measured back to you.”

Luke 6:38

Inside the Revolution

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” (Thomas Jefferson)

Did you know that only 6% of Muslims are of the radical “Jihad” persuasion? That’s not a lot, so likely your friendly neighborhood Muslim family is peace-loving and wants to be your neighbor…not annihilate you. On the other hand, at over 1.66 billion Muslims, 6% becomes a staggering 99.6 million…enough to do a lot of damage given their commission to destroy all non Allah-worshiping infidels…

If you’re wondering about the tensions and trouble in the Middle East, I can recommend this excellent video—Inside the Revolution—hosted by Joel Rosenberg, who’s an American communications strategist from an evangelical perspective and an Orthodox Jewish background. The video is only $10 from Barnes and Nobles…or free if you want to borrow it from me. I was both amazed and encouraged by what I learned. I’ll just share a couple of other things I learned, but this captivating documentary is well worth watching in its entirety.

Did you know there is also an increasingly large group of Muslims who are turning to faith in Christ as the Messiah? Did you know that there is a “reformed” (believing) Muslim who is being broadcast every day preaching the gospel in the Middle East and has a $20 million bounty on his head? That’s more than anyone ever offered to pay for the capture of Saddam Hussein…so you can see that persuasive preachers aren’t popular in some parts of the Middle East.

At any rate, those of us who follow Christ are called to love and peace, not hate and war. Jesus tells us to “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you,and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44). That’s a tall order!!  Regardless of how others may feel about us, disciples of Christ is called to a life of loving, ministering, and attempting to heal and restore. May God help us fulfill His calling for us!