Courage To Live; Strength To Serve

Leander, Texas, counter to most days, is not a “sleepy village” this morning. Lightning and boom happen with a frequency that is rare. Rain is not pouring; it is pelting. The dogs are restive, along with us.

Then a siren. Passing our house was a fire truck. Then a note in the neighborhood internet indicating a house fire. We must find its location and do what we can.

This, in a manner, is a consenting vibration to Memorial Day. Yes, time for parades and bands. No less, but much more, gratitude for our military…those alive today to secure freedom and liberty and those who have served well before today to make today a good day.

It may be the flash of light, the clap of thunder [more a roar actually]] is more thematic of the tumult across God’s creation. Yes, the weather today. But also, the looming threats of nations doing what they can to make sure their love of power never is trumped by a power of love.

Into this, Tom Ehrich voiced a powerful truth…about what it means to live today. Yes, for Memorial Day. But for any day called today and especially ready to lock and load [learned that when getting ready for worship in an East Texas church once] for tomorrow. This paragraph spoke to me…more than a combination of words—really a great insight into how a worthier manner of life can be experienced.

There’s a rich and inspirational hymn I think of now…thought sprung by Ehrich’s words, a hymn that asks for “courage and wisdom.” Seldom are they balanced…and quite often wisdom cowers courage and courage forgets that good thinking should never be sacrificed on the scaffold of fear and wrath.

From Ehrich…with gratitude…as a valued friend often signs off on his messages: “May it be so.”

“Our hope doesn’t lie in freezing time, but in God’s faithful journeying with us. Whatever comes our way, from personal transitions to international dangers, our God is with us, giving us courage to live and strength to serve. Even as things fall apart, our God holds us together. Storms will come, but God’s love will be stronger.”

Now, to seek out the house that burned. And to see how this day can be more than burning embers for the family.

“Courage to live and strength to serve.” Great affirmation for each of us. Hopefully, you agree…


About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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