When The Boats Came Together

I was on a treadmill, the morning workout. Diane, at work, called, “Mark!” The alert that Manhattan wasn’t thinking of Frank Sinatra or the Yankees. Rather, the World Trade Center!

This morning, Wednesday, September 19, 2018, I sat transfixed. Peter Jurney, a Stanford Classmate, sent me this video. I call it, “When the boats came together,” a video that pierces the heart and challenges our living, when over 500,000 people in 9 hours, were saved from the destruction of the World Trade Centers.

This tape—hey, it’s worth your time, almost 12 minutes, says SO MUCH about the way in which life can be lived, especially when the unpredictable becomes the in-your-face-reality. One of the lines I take with me, “Don’t live a life with ‘should have,’ live a life with ‘do it.’”

Thank you, Peter. This tape I will save. And watch. Again and again. Why? Because it’s better than any sermon I could preach. And, more. It’s shorter! Forget the seminary advisory that a good sermon is 20 minutes. That’s rubbish. No more than 15 minutes.

The point…look, feel, absorb. Then ask, “What in the world, what in my space, am I doing today?”


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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