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Sunday, October 12, 2014



It was a perfect evening.  Still and quiet.  I walked down to the dock to enjoy the peace and calm.  There was no wind, no rain, no boats, no bathers.  I sat down on the end of the dock and just watched the lake surface.  It was absolutely still.  Nothing was moving the water.

In my hand I held a stone.  In that moment, I had a choice.  I could leave perfection and just admire the stillness and smooth serenity.  Or I could let it fly... the stone that is.

I chose in that moment to throw the stone.  The perfection was changed to a different kind of beauty.  It was a rippling beauty.  One circle made two circles and two circles make three circles... and it grew.  What once was a picture of perfect stillness, now were growing circles, multiplying ripples, all set into motion by one stone, by one choice. 

How about two stones?  Not that far apart, dropped at the same time.  I pulled out two stones and dropped them in the water at the same time.  It caused a collision of ripples.  For the next hour I gathered stones and kept throwing them in the water to see the cascade of ripples I could create.  It was fun in the moment to see all the patterns created.  The stone had no choice but to be thrown, the water had no choice but to respond to the movement created by the stone.  The choice lay with me.  I initiated the ripples.  

I could have left perfection alone, but for whatever reason, I chose not to.  I stopped with the stone throwing and discovered that the water did not even out right away.  The rippling continued in its travel.  I no longer had the choice within me.  The ripples had taken over.  They were set on a course that I could no longer control. There was nothing I could do to bring back the perfection of the moment I had experienced.    I could only sit and wait and watch the ripples:  the response to my choice. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014


Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. "If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure.  Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you."  JOHN 8:31-32

(poetry by Ruby Neumann) 

I am surrounded by lies

Flooded with deception
The world around 
Has rained illusion on me
What is real?
What is good?
What is not out to destroy me?

There is nothing out there that will redeem me 

From the insanity
It all threatens to push me farther 
into the crevasse of my own damaged imagination

Stop me from believing any of it
Stop me from trusting anything again

Let me read once again about TRUTH

TRUTH is not a doctrine
TRUTH is not a statement
TRUTH is not a conviction
TRUTH is not reality


"because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever:"
2 JOHN 1:3 (NIV)

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.  My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?  Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.  Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
JOHN 14:1-14 (NIV)