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In case you didn’t know it – I’m very emotional.

Romans 12:15

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

In case you didn’t know it – or didn’t know me well – I’m very emotional. I’m the kind of guy that cries at shows on the TV. I cry when certain songs are played. I’ve yet to watch It’s a Wonderful Life without crying. I cry at most movies that talk about the death of a parent. I can be found crying while watching The Andy Griffith Show or MASH.

In case you didn’t know it – or didn’t know me well – I’m very emotional. I like a good belly laugh – hearing jokes or telling them. I like to be around funny people. I have numerous golf jokes and pastor’s jokes if you’d like to hear them.

In case you didn’t know it – or didn’t know me well – I’m very emotional. I enjoy expressing my love for my wife – for my children – and for my grandchildren. I love hugs and my granddaughters give the best hugs. I drive my brother crazy when I tell him I love him.

In case you didn’t know it – or didn’t know me well – I’m very emotional. I have a hard time at funerals – often shedding tears right along with the family. I remember doing the funeral of my brother’s future (that week) father-in-law and losing it in the midst of the service. I had known that man my whole life and knowing the emotions of that week got to me. Continue reading

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Mourn With Those Who Mourn

Romans 12:15

mourn with those who mourn

Photo on 7-6-16 at 3.42 PMThe last two days have been hard for our nation. The pain of so many has cried out all over the news and social media. We have all felt the pain of loss – if we haven’t – we have no heart.

I have read much the last few days on social media and have watched hours upon hours of news reports. I’m not going to try to give my opinion in this space. I’m not going to point any fingers and put the blame on anyone – although there is plenty of blame to go around.

Today – I simply want to call our nation to mourn with those who mourn. Don’t try to get your point across. Don’t feel the need to respond to someone or one up someone on social media or in a conversation. Don’t try to defend your position or your peeps. Continue reading

July 8, 2016 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Prayer | , , , | Leave a comment

   

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