Saturday, December 17, 2005


had some free time to help out at the compassion ministry today. busy morning this week, between 120 and 150 guest families. lots of workers, though too. bunch of cub scouts came out to help. very cool watching them pull the wagons and help give out food. got to pray for a number of people, pack groceries, chat. always experience Jesus' pleasure in that context, subtle but unmistakable. maybe it's just all the love in the place.

also went with Jon and Paula to a hospital to pray for a man in a battle with cancer. was hoping for dramatic instant healing. nothing obvious that way, alas. but we were definitely meant to be there; i was overcome with what i can only describe as compassion a couple of times while we were praying. the sort of thing where i was crying, but not out of sadness or pain, but more like out of love mixed with a little anger. can't wait for Jesus' kingdom to come in fullness and do away with death and suffering altogether. in the meantime, it was inspiring to see this man and his wife facing it with such grace and faithfulness.

watched the Pistons whip the Bobcats tonight. the've been thoroughly enjoyable to watch this year. and they sure seem to be having a lot of fun too. hoping i'll get to catch some of the game on Christmas day against San Antonio, in the midst of all the festivities.

Thursday, December 15, 2005


'tis the season for nasty colds, by all indications. maybe half the people i've spoken with this week seem to be suffering from one variation or another. been about a week and a half since i've had a good night's sleep, due to a bad cough. Elle's had a high fever the last couple of days too, although she seems to be doing much better today.

i'm listening to an interview with Jack Groppel, a fitness expert who has some really interesting things to say to ministry leaders about the role of energy in ministry. for example, instead of managing time, Jack suggests that we manage energy. time management only takes you from being absent to being present, whereas we give life to whatever we give our energy to, and growth always follows energy investment (which may require time, but that's a secondary consideration). really looking forward to hearing what he has to say further on in the interview. i expect he's got some insightful thoughts about how to recover, recapture, and renew emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical energy.