A Fall wedding in the cold South—on Saturday

weddingOn Friday we’re off to cold weather, heading south, to the city of Curitiba. It’s almost winter time here, and people say it dips below freezing there. In the southern hemisphere, going south is like going north above the equator — it gets colder. And here, it feels colder, since houses have no indoor heating.

My assigned task is to give away a bride. Cosma’s parents are both deceased, and she invited me to do the honor. She lived in SJCampos for some time, and Vicki and I became close to her.

Unlike American weddings, The Missus and I will remain standing up front during the ceremony. Must wear comfortable shoes, I hear tell two suits will officiate. Continue reading

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Did I tell you about my grandbaby?

Let’s start with personal item (aren’t they all?): The second grandchild, says today’s ultrasound, is a boy. Due to drop in around June 21. Big sister Eden, age 1+, didn’t seem so keen on it. She confided to me that she’d been hoping for a baby sister to play with. But mom and pop, and Auntie L., vovô and vovó are happy. Please say a prayer, since there are a couple of health concerns, blood pressure, things like that.

• Today’s Bible (NT) reading is James 1. Have you seen the chiastic structure for the letter I posted some time back? Considering most commentators despair of finding any sensible outline to the letter, this represents real possibilities.

• Rick Kelley’s mom’s kidney transplant is on-again, off-again. Keep praying for his mom and his sister who’s donating the kidney.

• I watched “National Treasure” again with The Missus and The Maiden the other night. It’s very dated. The main character was searching the Internet on Yahoo rather than Google.

• We chomped down on more of The Missus’s homemade sausage tonight. Good stuff. Brazil doesn’t have the breakfast sausage like you get in the US. Just as well, but we certainly enjoyed her special treat.

• Lessee, let’s scare up a little ditty to finish up with.

Malicious hands abuse, molest,
A hug can end in your arrest;
The world sees either too little, too much,
But Jesus has the healing touch.

• Oh, have you checked The Christian Hub lately? Great stuff going through there, all the time.

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Grandchild in arms

Here’s Bill Williams’s “Something to Think About” for today. I now know this blessing.


Friday, September 10, 2010

Having a small child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.


Little children are precious.   They are a gift from God.   I can hardly wait to hold my little grandson.   I am thankful for, and love the one,  who carries him near her heart.   “But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God”  (Mark 10:14).

May the God of all grace blessed you abundantly this day.


Daily Nudge: awake at night — and news

What keeps you up at night? Borrowing an old plinky question to use for the Nudge this morning, and because it leads me into my answer.

I was up until 1 a.m. last night, wife and daughter even later, waiting on word, which came around 10:25 p.m. Central time (and, thus, 12:25 our time) that our first grandchild had been born, Eden Lynne. We talked on skype a little later and saw the babe stretch and yawn. The only pic we have for now is HERE (as I slide effortlessly into the grandpa mode).

That’s what kept me up last night.

Normally, after 10:30 p.m., I’m incoherent and a candidate only for bed. I sleep well most nights, and only a powerful writing idea might disturb my sleep. So I try to keep pen and paper by the bed to catch mental fruits of the dark.

News of the congregations: here in SJC, Dona Ritinha set 2 p.m. today to be baptized.

#baptisms, #grandchildren, #nudge, #sleep