(Draft written October, 8 2016) Today’s God sighting was unexpected. Brad, my son, and I went to Panera for lunch. My dark roast was empty, so I went to the counter to ask the employee if a new carafe was available. It was. After I had filled my cup to the brim, I noticed the gentleman who was making his tea. He was familiar to me, a man I met at morning Mass one day at church.
I had a vivid and silent dream one night. Completely silent. It was an image only, peaceful. It was more than a dream; it was an experience. A very real experience that carried over into wakefulness. In the dream, I was sitting on the ground beside an albino wearing white looking ahead at a large white house. His hair was a white afro. Continue reading
Just like every other morning, I stopped by McDonalds for a large coffee–fresh–with five creams. This morning, the coffee was perfectly prepared and, just like every other morning, I drove to work talking (praying really) to Jesus. I climbed out of my old maroon Jeep and walked through the parking garage and onto the street. Downtown is a mix of tall, sleek buildings, churches, an old library, and on this particular busy corner, a church and school–my employer.
So, I went to a Level III Christian Healing Ministries prayer minister training session on Monday, August 8, at All Saints Healing Ministry in Winter Park, FL. Thanks to a wonderful friend, I’ve been viewing Levels I and II at home to catch up. The training is terrific, and it has had a remarkable effect on both myself and my family. But the training isn’t the purpose of my writing tonight.
I found this today while browsing the shelves of a bookstore that sells previously-owned books and movies. It’s absolutely perfect!
At my church, each Christmas we have a Jesse tree. Written on each ornament is the
name and wish of a person needing a gift. Parishioners take an ornament and return it with the requested gift.
I’ve always wondered about this name, Jesse Tree. I’ve read the “A shoot shall sprout from the stump…” scripture in Isaiah 11 and I understand the connection to Jesus but to me a stump is just a dead tree. Perhaps that tree’s seeds from prior seasons will grow but that specific tree is gone. Or so I thought. Continue reading
Before I begin work today, I want to share with you an oberservation I had last night. I was watching Christian television and a lady was discussing sin and its consequences. When we acknowledge our sin and ask for forgiveness, the LORD forgives us.
First, Baptism is such a wonderful gift. We are cleansed. As a Catholic, I go to Reconciliation. I do this about every three months because we ALL sin and some of our sins we don’t even know…or they happen before we can stop ourselves (anger at a slow driver, hurt feelsings at home or work, etc.) I certainly don’t go around trying to sin, if you know what I mean. In fact, I try to avoid it at all costs.
So this person on the television looked into the camera and I felt that this message was directly for me and she recited from memory a verse of Scripture from Proverbs 18: “you will eat the fruit of your mouth… ” I started thinking about my words and what they mean…about being genuine and representing God’s Word and love accurately. I pray I’ve done that and that I can do just that, especially with those who have deeply hurt me and my life. May He give us the grace to represent Him accurately ONLY and speak good things to grow ourselves and His kingdom here and now.