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The Journey

Today is our middle child’s birthday. I don’t know about you, but my kids birthdays cause me to reflect on their lives. Often, I get flashbacks to particular events that remain significant and serve as a way of shaping me into the person I am today. For instance, I remember the day…   Read More »


Time. That’s what was on my mind last week. The whole nation had to think about time Saturday night. We acknowledged daylight savings time by setting our clocks to “fall back” an hour. As far as time changes go, it is my favorite. The night we change we get to sleep an extra hour.…   Read More »


You never know. You just never know.It began like any other week day. Your family gets up, each at their own time and own pace. You eat breakfast, get ready for work or school, you talk about your schedule to make sure your kids aren’t stranded at school without a ride home, or your wife…   Read More »

Love Your Enemies

Last week’s message touched a chord with many people. I have had conversations with several people from our congregation who mentioned how life provided them with opportunities this week to “love their enemies.” That didn’t happen because the message was powerful and poignant. It…   Read More »

God is Colorful!

I am sitting in my office as I write my reflections today. I have big windows that face both North and West. My desk is situated in such a way that I can look in either direction. As I look out my window this morning, the sky is dark gray, the trees are blowing in the wind (supposedly…   Read More »


C.J. Wickersham looked into the camera with a big smile on his face and said, “He’s my friend. He saved my life” C.J. and a group of six friends had been out in a boat spear fishing near Tampa Bay, Florida. C.J. was in the water and suddenly yelled out, “I’ve been bitten by a…   Read More »

Michigan Drivers Cannot Be Trusted

Michigan drivers cannot be trusted!At least that’s the way we felt when Becky and I found out we were required to take a written test to get an Illinois Driver’s License.“Come on, I’ve been driving for over 40 years.  I’ve only lived in Michigan for 9 years…trust me, the…   Read More »

Traffic, Detours and Life Journeys

It only takes between 10 and 15 minutes to get to church from our townhouse.  At least that is what it took for the first couple of weeks.  Then, apparently as a way to welcome the Semeyn’s to the Western suburbs, they began multiple road construction projects.  I would head to church…   Read More »

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