Last Sunday, our time changed here in Brazil on the same date as in the US. That’s unusual. Usually, it occurs before, but was put off a few weeks because of the runoff presidential election last month. The US went off Daylight Savings Time, and Brazil, or much of it anyway, went on. So our time difference from Central Time, where most of our family members are, went, overnight, from two to fours hours.
They say that Benjamin Franklin came up with the idea of DST. Whatever caused this normally practical and good-ideas man to come up with this, we’ll never know. Must have been the same day he dreamed up the post office.
On Sunday Brazil held its country-wide National Exam, which also functions as a college-entrance exam. Some people missed getting in for the exam because we lost an hour. One girl was one minute late, after the gates had been closed, and missed her chance. When the gates close, no pleading will open them. Continue reading “One minute late”
One hour’s worth of work in the skin-scouring cold wind, and all I had to show for it was one six-pack of pansies planted under the cherry tree.
It’s not that I’m slow; well, not really. It’s not that I was digging great big holes for each one, and carefully spreading the roots around a soil mound concocted of a precise mix of humus and organic fertilizers and soil conditioners. Continue reading “Prep work”
Some time ago I was speaking to a young Christian who admitted he was afraid to lead in worship. “Everybody is looking at me and I forget what I was going to say.”
“You can lead in prayer then,” I joked. “Everyone’s eyes will be closed.”
More seriously I added. “Why don’t you write your prayer out on Saturday night, and you can simply read it Sunday morning.”
He agreed to try that. Continue reading “Reading in prayer”
Success comes after preparation Continue reading Be prepared
The editor takes his text from today’s daily Bible reading, about John the Immersor’s preaching, to talk about the need for preparation in many areas, including getting ready to take advantage of the new year. It’s not too late! Continue reading Prepare the way, before the time
She was a Christian woman with whom I’d been acquainted for many years. In recent months her husband battled some serious ailments. In that time, she developed some conditions of her own. It seemed she was doing better. But her husband woke up one morning, and she did not. She was 81 years old. Continue reading Fragile — Handle With Care
The quickest route to my hometown involves crossing Black Mountain. The summit of Black Mountain is Kentucky’s highest point, and to cover the 17 miles from its base in Virginia to the other side requires about 45 minutes. The road is at times steep, and there are plenty of curves to be negotiated. Continue reading Around The Next Curve
There were some anxious moments at our house as my daughter and I prepared for our mission trip. Late in the packing process we discovered that my passport that had been set out earlier was not a current passport! That current passport was not where we expected it to be. Continue reading Moments Of Panic
When a football game is played in one team’s home city, it’s called the “home field advantage”. If given the choice, every coach would play every game under such conditions. Continue reading Satan's Advantage
The problem began almost a week ago. The keyboard on my laptop takes quite a pounding on an almost daily basis. Between sermons, articles and e-mail correspondence, a lot of writing happens at my desk. I like it best when I can let my fingers fly, recording the thoughts that come to mind. Continue reading Unwilling Members