Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Two Legends

Darryl Strawberry was drafted by the NY Mets in 1983, and the Mets fans hoped he would be the catalyst for a huge turnaround in that franchise.   The very next year, Dwight Gooden was signed to give them the extra punch that they needed from the mound.   The rise in fame of the two stars was meteoric, and each career seemed to mirror the other.  Regrettably, it wasn't just their performance on the field that was similar.  Both struggled with the high cost of fame including addictions to alcohol and drugs that landed them both in jail.   I came across this documentary which tells the story well.  Since the documentary was produced, their stories have continued.  Gooden was arrested in June of last year for driving under the influence and cocaine possession.   Strawberry's sister introduced him to Jesus while he was in prison in 2002.  He turned his life over to Jesus shortly afterward and he has been on a different trajectory since that time.  Check out this video to see what he is up to now.  My prayers are with Darryl for his continued success and victory over additions and with Dwight that he will find the hope he needs in Jesus.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Not just a clanging symbol

I have had a couple of people remind me recently that when I am feeling disconnected from God, the Psalms are a great place to spend some time.  Last night, my wife, Caroline, reminded me of one of my favorites - Psalm 150.

Praise the Lord.[a]
Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
    praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
    praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
    praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
    praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord
I have posted frequently about how important music is in our lives and it is refreshing to be reminded that God loves music, too.  I encourage you to spend some time meditating on one or more Psalms that speak to you.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Dissing disability

Our ConnectGroup met last night to discuss Chapter 1 of The Grand Weaver.  Zacharias talked about how God created us with an odd combination of order and surprise.  Every person has DNA strands containing the same fundamental elements, but each is arranged in different patterns making each person unique.  We talked about how our perceived individual weaknesses can be used as excuses not to accomplish more.   Then we watched as how one young man is thriving despite what many would see as a severe disability.  Please watch and be inspired.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Weaving our way

Our ConnectGroup from church met at our home last night to kick off the winter/spring season. We are reading Ravi Zacharias's book, The Grand Weaver.  He introduces the book by telling about something he witnessed when he was traveling to Bangladesh. Bangladesh is known for producing the colorful saris that women in that region wear. The saris are made of a special muslin called jamdani, and are hand woven by families in the area.   Ravi saw a father and son at work creating the jamdani. The father took the lead managing multiple spools of brightly colored threads and feeding them to the son who completed the weaving process under his father's direction. There are no templates for the final design, except for the template in the father's mind. The longer the pair work together, the more the son is able to anticipate the father's direction. The image of the father leading the son to create something uniquely beautiful is a great picture of how God wants to lead us every day of our lives. I look forward to seeing how Ravi can help our group see that more clearly in the weeks to come. To see more about the jamdani weaving process, click here.