Chaplain's Corner

Sun
09
Aug

Our daily plans

Let’s see, what am I going to do today? Whether we think about it consciously or not, we probably do have the question. The little child may say, “Mommy, I’m hungry.” The older person may just do what he or she wants to do without saying anything. At ages 78 and 84, my dear wife and I do things by habit or by planning. Whatever and however we do it there is value in thinking about and having a plan. And of course this is always subject to change.

Thu
16
Jul

Remembering how our behavior changes

It can be fun to think back over life. If we remember back, as best we can, our schedules can amaze us. Older folk often do a little reminiscing over a cup of coffee or whatever. The older we are the more likely we grew up on a farm or in a small town. The changes vary but certain pathways are similar. Whatever the pathway, certain elements were always present. The road went from childhood to adolescence to adulthood to middle age to senior citizen.

Sun
14
Jun

Another school year is history

The 2014-2015 school year is history. This means that some parents will need childcare for their young school children. Let’s suppose that one set of parents has two children. One just finished kindergarten and the other second grade. They can no longer take the bus or be dropped off at school for the day. Both finances and time may be a factor with this family. Somebody needs to be with them. Ten years down the road the whole picture will change. Larger families have more hurdles. We have known a couple of families who have taken in abandoned street children. If you go down to the Union Gospel Mission or some of the other safe houses, you can get a real feel for their situations.

Sun
10
May

Prescription for daily living

Some older people read a lot. Others like to sit around and visit with other old folk. We see some who walk an hour or two each morning in the Maplewood Mall or outside. With old age generally comes more flexibility. Some of these people in their 60s, 70s and even 80s can give us really good ideas.

Recently, Norma and I were at a memorial service for a very dear friend who was 90 years old. He was a retired science teacher from Century College. He was listed as being active in his church, the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Union Gospel Mission, St. John’s Hospital and The Gideons International. The Union Gospel Mission Ministry Center was the perfect place to remember Gerald.

Tue
14
Apr

Easter has come and gone

We celebrate Christmas, Good Friday and Easter. They have all come and gone. Other holidays are special also, but in a different way. These three are all God-centered. Others may involve our nation, state, county, city or even our neighborhood. Then of course, we have family or individual celebrations. I remember well my 80th birthday. We had a family picnic in the park. Celebrations are enjoyable and memorable. They come and go.

Tue
17
Mar

Life is decisions, decisions

Life is full of decisions. Some are big, others are not so big. My wife often asks what we should have for lunch or dinner. Actually, she asks what I would like to eat. We all make decisions on what to wear. These are based on the situation. You don’t see people come to church Sunday mornings in their swimming suits or going for a run in their best dress suits.

Tue
10
Feb

Time changes things

You meet someone that you have not seen for many years. Their hair may be gray or white. You go to a ball game or hockey game and old memories may bring you back to playing days.

Mon
12
Jan

A joyful 2015 daily agenda

Last week, we discussed some possibilities for making 2015 a better year. The areas of finances, physical health and well-being, of emotional and psychological improvements as well as spirituality were included.

Mon
22
Dec

Any changes for 2015?

Last week, we discussed some possibilities for making 2015 a better year. The areas of finances, physical health and well-being, of emotional and psychological improvements as well as spirituality were included.

Sun
07
Dec

Past and future Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day just passed. Now for Christmas and New Years. Certainly most of us had a lot to be thankful for last week. One of the things that gets our attention is to remember that every day can and probably should be Thanksgiving day. We could make a long list and then prioritize them.

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