Friday, March 24, 2017

Grace and Truth 1

When I was a freshman in college, a minister suggested that I read the Gospel of John, to help with my unbelief. John has been my favorite book in the Bible ever since.

As I’ve grown older, my love for the Scriptures has also grown. Recently, as I read through John, new pearls and meanings sprang out at me. I want to go through this book again, writing down some of the special things God has taught and is still teaching me.

John 1:1-14:

This is one of the gospels which doesn’t speak of Jesus’ birth. Yet what an introduction.

He is God, and he became a man who lived right here with us. He has always been; he is the creator. His truth is a light that cannot be overcome by any darkness. The grace he brought makes those of us who believe in him God’s children. Such a glorious introduction.

John 1:14: The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Friday, March 17, 2017

This House Needs a Cat

Last month, we had to put our kitty Esther, 18 years old, to sleep. It was a tough decision, but the right one.

I felt like a fool when I sobbed in front of the people at the veterinary clinic. But she’d been with us sixteen years. That’s a long time.

It was really hard the first days after. I sat in my work (easy) chair with my computer, and I expected her to crawl on my lap. I went upstairs and into our room, and thought I’d hear her announcing she’s hungry. I’d lie in bed at night, and was sure I felt her climbing on to snuggle down by my face.

I thank God for this gift, and I hope I’ll have happy memories for a long time.

But we needed another kitty to love.

A couple weeks ago, we went back to the Animal Protection League, the same place we got Esther sixteen years ago. This time we came home with Eli, (Sarah named him) a seven-month-old black and white kitty with big feet. If you can catch him, he is a soft, sweet bundle with a loud, rattling purr.

That’s not easy to do.

He’s crazy. He runs and jumps and streaks through the house.

The first day he was home, Sarah saw him balanced on his back feet on a window ledge, batting at a moving tree limb on the other side of the window. He’s only knocked down three curtains so far. One of his favorite games is grabbing my hand with all four paws and chewing.

He climbed into an open dresser drawer, crawled behind the drawer into the back of the dresser, and hid. He leaps from the bed to grab at the chain for the ceiling fan.

He likes Caleb and visits his room often, even though Caleb is the one who has the scary dog, also named Esther. Eli and Esther are still figuring out their relationship. Mostly Eli avoids our dog, although Esther did chase him in the basement one day.

Sarah loves him, but she doesn’t want him to get in her room while she’s not there. She has breakable items which he likes to jump around and explore.

She’s smart about this concern. Eli knocked one of my talking clocks on the floor and broke it. I’ve told him if he’d let me catch and love on him more often, I’ll be more likely to forgive him for that.

He’s quite a different character than our precious old-lady kitty, who loved to snuggle and curl up on my lap. But he has brought much pleasure into our home.

Friday, March 10, 2017

St. Baldrick's Day

On March 17, 2003, Murray called me at work and asked if it was okay if he got Benjamin’s head shaved. Benjamin was six.

At A.J. Rocco’s, a club in downtown Cleveland, they were having a fundraiser for children’s cancer research. They would shave your head on St. Baldrick’s Day. Murray saw it on the news that morning and wanted to take Benjamin and go.

I said “sure.” Why not?

Murray said when they got there, the ladies checking them in repeatedly asked, “Are you sure this is okay with his mother?”

This March 17 will be Benjamin’s fifteenth time to shave his head for children’s cancer research. I always love rubbing his head afterward. I wonder if he’ll let me do that this year.

Rebecca did something very brave when she was thirteen. She shaved her head; she was in the seventh grade.
She raised quite a bit of money that year, from people at school, from people at A.J. Rocco’s. Rebecca said her legs were a little shaky when she stood after her hair was gone. Another lady there who was also having her head shaved put her arm around Rebecca and said, “There’s no shame when you’re doing it for children’s cancer.”

More and more people have joined each year, but Benjamin said he’s one of only two or three who have stuck with it since that first time at A.J. Rocco’s.

We believe this is an excellent fundraiser, and we’re proud of Benjamin. Check out St. Baldrick’s at the website listed below.