In The Beginning…

November 9, 2007

There was God…and only God.

Then, He made the universe, stars, planets…you know, all that neat celestial stuff.

Later on, it pleased Him to make this earth, plants, animals, etc. The terrestial things.

Much time passed…then…He made me. And I was born on November 9, 1962.

I was bald; hollering when I came out of my mother’s womb; overwhelmed by the bright lights and sudden noise. It must’ve been quite the mind trip. Glad I can’t remember it.

Time passed quickly; there was childhood, and school, and stupid mistakes made in life; military service, failed relationships, too many drugs used, and a near-fatal car accident that lead me to a saving knowledge and an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

Life’s been tough; life’s been good. Most of all, life’s been interesting.

For the chance to touch the lives of others, I am glad that I was put here on this earth. I hope and pray the next 45 years will be as interesting, and fruitful.

Most of all, I want to say, “Thanks, Mom, for giving birth to me, and for being such a great mom all these years. I love you.”


35 Columns Later…

November 8, 2007

It’s amazing when I look back and realize that I have been writing monthly for the Linn County Leader since February 2005.

Wow. Lots of water under the bridge; lots of reminiscing about past places and events; lots of bittersweet memories. All wrapped up in a thing known as “Slice of Home, Slice of Life” that runs on the first Monday of every month in the local paper.

During that time, I have became a licensed minister; we have moved to a sprawling farm near Browning; we have became foster parents; we’ve held our first charge conference at the churches I serve; I’ve performed my first funeral for a parishioner’s family; etc. etc. etc.

And it’s all been chronicled through the newsprint media outlet, and this blog.

I thnk all of those faithful readers who contribute great words of wisdom; who have shared in our struggles and joys; and who serve as a wonderful sounding board as I embark on the third year of being a columnist.

May this year bring more smiles to your faces and laughter in your hearts as I expound on the unfolding saga of the Davis family. 🙂

November 2007 Linn County Leader Column – “A Season For Everything”

November 6, 2007

I was grieved and saddened this past week to preside over the funeral of the father of one of my parishioner’s; likewise, on Thursday of that same week Jeannie and I sang at the funeral of a longtime friend of her family’s. She was my wife’s “second” mom growing up, and spent many hours at her home.

Both of these events touched our hearts in many ways and served as a good reminder of how precious and fleeting our lives are, and how often we take them for granted. None of us are promised tomorrow; in an instant some tragic accident or health issue can bring our world crashing down around us and when circumstances like these arise, one of the first places we turn to is God. And one of the first things we ask of Him is, “Why?”

That’s a really tough question, and one that doesn’t have a simple, nor easy, answer. There are things that happen in our lives that defy human explanation and leave us scratching our heads, dumbfounded and feeling lost. We try desperately to find an answer in our own power and mindset, without turning to the One who has ALL the answers, even as difficult as they may be to hear sometimes. We want to have all the solutions to those problems that are just out of our reach.

My friends, none of us can begin to fathom the depth of “why God does what He does”. There is a reason for ALL things, and a “season” for everything. The Bible tells us that in the first few verses in the third chapter of Ecclesiastes; it’s hard reading, to say the least. Those words reiterate our own mortality and teach us the valuable lesson that, no matter what, God is always in control. He knows what is best in, and for, our lives. He helps us to deal with the heartaches, grief, and the losses…but He also gives us joy, happiness, peace, and comfort to help us keep pushing on towards the mark for the prize of the high calling in Christ.

I think perhaps the greatest gift that God revealed to me during this past week was that His Grace was sufficient for me; that in my weakness, He indeed could make me strong. For, you see, I was very ill on Sunday evening and was up all night with a stomach virus; when Monday came bright and early, I was so weak that I could barely stand, and it took every effort to get dressed to go to the funeral. Yet, I asked God to give me His strength for His Will to be done; and don’t you know that I was fine at the funeral, and at the graveside services in Browning. After that, Jeannie promptly took me home and put me in bed, where I slept until the next morning.

Amazing, isn’t it? I needed enough energy to get me through the services, and then the Lord gave me a “season of rest” to help me recuperate. I am ever-so-thankful that He can remind me of those little things from time to time. God is good…all the time!

Until next time, may the Lord truly bless you and yours richly!

Saturday Evening Prep

November 3, 2007

Not to be confused with the Saturday Evening Post. LOL.

The message is ready, the bulletins are printed, prayers have been lifted up for another wonderful worship service at both churches, and all the usual preparatory work has been done that goes with being a rural church pastor.  🙂

Tomorrow will dawn bright and sunny and a tad bit warmer than usual (about 34 as compared to the upper 20’s the past few days); an absolutely beautiful start to be in God’s house to praise His Name in song; with the scriptures; in prayer; and with a message that we can all learn from. Myself included.

I continue to be amazed by some of the things that God brings to my remembrance at the times when I positively need them the most. He’s really a good (and GREAT!) God.

Here’s praying that you’re able to be in church somewhere tomorrow in worship to Him.

Events To Keep You Interested

November 2, 2007

Or nonsense from the Davis household…or whatever might float your boat. LOL.

These past three weeks have been, to say the least, interesting; and hectic; and everything else. In between having our charge conference at Purdin UMC (for both churches; it’s basically the yearly business meeting) to doing my first funeral service as a licensed pastor to singing at another service for a family friend of Jeannie’s…well, it seems as if our world has been rushed to no end.

And, to top it off, we now have three new foster additions to our household; this makes six total kiddos, plus the Kels-meister, of course. We never have a dull moment. Drop in and see chaos at total work. 🙂

This Sunday should be enlightening; God gave me message on Zacchaeus entitled, “Come on down!” and part of the message is a little play on those immortal words from “The Price is Right” game show. Let’s see if it gets to kind of laugh I’m expecting. If not…oh, well. 🙂