Making Room For the King

Driving around town doing pre-Christmas errands I decided to turn on the radio to a local Christian station. The song by Casting Crowns, While You Were Sleeping, came on. The first part, if you haven’t heard it, is about Bethlehem and how when they were sleeping the Messiah was born in a stable. The second part of the song is about Jerusalem and the crucifixion of the King and then the last about America, philosophies, killing the unborn and God being crowded out of society. I thought about the world and the evil that is native to our soil and air. I thought about the good that never seems to be enough and the ugliness of all the bad. I thought about my grandsons and how I wished I could make this world a better, safer and happier place to be, because at every turn, as Casting Crowns sing, we have no room for the King. Continue reading

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There’s Always Someone….

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Many (many, many) years ago, as a bride, it began to slowly dawn on me that my life as an Air Force wife was going to be significantly different from my former life as a college student in North Dakota.

We were new to the service, living in Japan in a village just outside of Tokyo. My husband had his dream job–flying a C-130 into lands we had only heard of as kids. Our life became fairly routine, as he flew off to Bangkok or Hong Kong and I stayed behind with the other wives exploring the more exotic environment of Tachikawa village and learning the fine art of Japanese flower arranging. Continue reading