Saturday, April 12, 2008

"O Death, where is your sting?" NKJV 1st Cor 15:55

It is in the living!

My friend Adolph Eskridge died today. Several of my friends and acquaintances have died recently. That is probably because the end of life as we know it on this earth is death.

I remember when my friend the Rev. Billy Kirk died. That was an experience I do not want to repeat. I visited his wife after his death but that was not something I wanted to experience either. That is probably why I didn't do it to often.

That is probably one of the reasons I didn't pursue the pastorate at Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church. As a pastor, one has to deal with death much more than I desire.

Death and I have not had a good relationship.
It has been too close, too real, and t0o disconcerting.
Never anything that brought peace and solace.
Too many friends have gone on but then that is to be expected.

I guess what I will take from these experiences is to enjoy what I have I have it because this to will pass. Colossi ans 2: 6-23 helps me to make some sense of our sojourn on this earth just as Hebrews 2: 14-18 helps to explain the pains of Jesus' sufferings on this earth.

I'm still struggling with this earthly experience -- the good, the bad, and death. Perhaps the solace that will get me through day by day, experience by experience, and what we know as life and death is my faith and belief in Jesus Christ.

My daily experiences will pass -- not necessarily forgotten --but pass.

Thank you Holy Ghost! Amen!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

A blog -- A journal

Is there a difference? Does each have a different purposes? Does it matter?

It is spring break. My wife and I are not going anywhere. We are just chillin!

I'm working on taxes, summer vacation, the revival of my consulting firm and just cleaning up some junk in my study.

My wife is enjoying life as only she knows how! I envy (?) her sometimes.

I've submitted my resignation as the Executive Director of the Council On Aging because I don't know how to limit my work day and focus on just those duties and responsibilities that are mind. If one of my supervisor or coordinator co-workers is absent -- regardless of the reason -- I tend to try to do their job too so that none of our clients are short-changed. When I was younger, that was okay. Now I'm 67 and I just don't have the energy to do that on an extended basis any more. So rather than disappoint clients or myself, it is easier to resign.

My intent is to revive my consulting firm, work on what I want to work on (e.g., Boy Scouts), and work when I want to work! I don't know if my social security income will be sufficient so that is why I'm reviving SIWEL, Inc. -- a management consulting firm specializing in issue and problem resolution. I've developed a marketing piece labeled "Engagement Considerations" which gives a potential client an overview of the types of activities I will consider and how my prices are determined. Companion pieces are 1) a brief "Bio-Sketch" which is a one page narrative about my experiences and my family, and 2) a brief two page resume listing prior positions, consulting engagements, and professional activities. Will they be enough. God only knows and he(she) hasn't shared that with me yet! Does it matter? Ditto! There is also a Church Resume that summarizes pastoral activities, appointments and affiliations; however, I don't know how and if that will be used.

Should this be in my blog or my journal. Well, one thing is for sure. This is my blog and it is here. I can assure you, it is not my intent to re-write this in one of my several journals!

May God continue to bless you and keep you. Peace! 1906

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Faith and Trust

My son's wife just had a miscarriage!

I was concerned about them and how they would handle the lost; however, I've just read her blog entry for April 5th (http// and I feel confident they will be okay.

They both share a strong belief, faith, and trust in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus the Christ.

Because we are human, we don't always have the same faith and confidence in others that we have in ourselves; however, after reading her blog entry, my concern for them is placed at ease.

These are two truly wonderful young people -- granted I may be a little biased -- but if the rest of the world were like them, the world would be a better place.

I thank God for the blessings he has placed in my life, including Laura and Jeff.