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North America » United States » New York June 10th 2019

Becky has created a wonderful prayer for the day. May you be filled with loving-kindness and grace. May you be well in body, mind, and spirit. May you be contented and at peace. May your life unfold, as God’s dream for you. A prayer for sabbatical.we are off to Israel tomorrow!!!... read more

North America » United States » New York June 6th 2019

St. James' is on sabbatical as well as becky and myself. Last Tuesday Jim Krisher spoke to 19 St. James' members on deepening our relationship with God. From his talk - " God is a relationship. God desires deepening intimacy with you, deepening union". Jim asked us to "spend some time surrendering yourself to God's desire. Ask for grace to see any ways you might be resisiting God's love in your life, and the courage to be more available to God." For He loves us way more than we can imagine, and sees everyone of us as a precious jewell. Smile and enjoy that reality!... read more

North America » United States » New York June 2nd 2019

This summer, as I continue to be blessed playing music at ST. James' on our wonderful organ and enhancing contemporary worship on the keyboard with the band, Becky is enjoying worshiping at some of her colleagues churches. Here she is at St. John's in Marcellus, where St. James' members - the Blum family, Kelly Gannon, and Kate Glass were after attending a youth event. "Praise God in the beauty of holiness, Come before his presence with a song!"... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan May 29th 2019

New York, NY (May 29, 2019) Sitting at my desk about 14 hours after the 14 hour flight back, I'm reflecting through the brain fog the time zone change brings. I think my underlying impression, and one that is so hard to communicate to those that haven't experienced it, is the sheer scale of almost everything in China. Both problems and their solutions have a totally different perspective when one considers a population of 1.3 billion people. Seeing 10,000 patients a day in an outpatient facility, moving 2 million people out of Mianyang after the 2008 earthquake because a breach in the dam threatened the city, reconstruction of the bridges, tunnels, roads and buildings after the earthquake, the burden of cataract blindness with 1.2 million people blind from cataract in Sichuan province alone. The whole issue ... read more

North America » United States » New York » Skaneateles May 21st 2019

Finally enjoying sun. Skaneateles is beautiful in the summer! God calls us to take care of our bodies, so we walked and went to the YMCA today.... read more

North America » United States » New York May 19th 2019

What a loving parish family. Laying on of hands is a truly spiritual experience. The love of individuals is evident as is the feeling of God's presence in the moment. Becky's sermon today helped me solidify my intentions for this 14 weeks. I will enjoy playing the organ when I am in town, but will not be at the 7:30 service, nor the 10:45 after June 23. As much as this time is meant for Becky's rest, i too will look forward to entering into a different rhythm of "being" and not always "doing". blessings... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens May 15th 2019

New York, NY (May 15, 2019). Ah the splendor of jet travel! My visa arrived with 36 hours to spare ... I am leaving on a 15 hour flight at 3 AM. At least I should be able to sleep! Flying Hainan Flight 7916 from JFK Terminal 4 on a non-stop hop-over to Chengdu. There I'll have a day to recover while the rest of the team catches up...traveling from from San Francisco a day later. Looking forward to reconnecting with the good people on the team and those at Sichuan Provincial People's Hospital. Excited that we'll be seeing some new areas of Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces.... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York May 9th 2019

So this will be our last post for this trip. It has been an awesome trip and feels like we have been gone forever......this is day 25 away from home!! We are at JFK awaiting our flight to PIT at 9:30 We land there at 11:00 and then head for WV. No matter hw much I love to travel, my favorite part is coming home. While it may sound trite "There's no place like home!!" This post will be a wrap up of the trip.....the things we loved, hated, laughed at, & found challenging. So, as Shealyn says, lets start at the very beginning....a very fine pace to start(obviously we watched The Sound of Music on the flight home). First of all we liked that we exchanged some money before we arrived. It helped us with ... read more
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North America » United States » New York » New York » Brooklyn May 8th 2019

It was a bright sun New Year's Eve afternoon a little more than 32 years ago when we began our greatest journey. We found ourselves nervously sitting amongst one of the most unique collections of people we had ever experienced. The mixture of languages, skin colors and the obvious financial differentials of this diverse cast of characters meant it could only be one city in the world. Nowhere else on earth could have offered this mixture of cultures, shapes and varieties of the human experience. It had to be in New York City. We and about 100 other couples were here in the Manhattan marriage license bureau for the second day in a row. The previous day we had stood in line and paid our ten dollars to receive our license. Today would be the day ... read more
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i look forward to sharing some reflections while Becky and I travel. First short trip will be to Washington, DC to be with my sisters, aging parents, and Jer, Jan and the girls on May 22 More to come. Blessings... read more




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