Remember me…

9 12 2008

As you probably remember, I shifted careers recently. It has been very stretching and rewarding. I did not anticipate how busy the change would keep me. When I was considering the change, a few wise men in my life challenged me to not let the realities of a daily deadline get in the way of family time. I have worked hard to honor their advice. One way I have accomplished this (sometimes to a limited degree) has been to let the blogging become much more irregular. However, I think it has become too irregular and hope to blog here at least once a week…though it may not start until the new year. Thanks for checking in…


Spring Break?

15 03 2008

On the shores of lake Superior

We decided to take a quick trip to the beach for a part of our Spring Break.  We headed to the northern most point of Wisconsin to Meyer’s Beach (don’t most people head south for Spring Break?). 

We visited the frozen shores of Lake Superior to see the ice formations on the bluffs and in the caves.  It was breath-taking!  More pictures and video to be posted soon.

From Job 37

5 God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways;
       he does great things beyond our understanding.

 6 He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’
       and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’

 7 So that all men he has made may know his work,
       he stops every man from his labor.

 8 The animals take cover;
       they remain in their dens.

 9 The tempest comes out from its chamber,
       the cold from the driving winds.

 10 The breath of God produces ice,
       and the broad waters become frozen.

 11 He loads the clouds with moisture;
       he scatters his lightning through them.

 12 At his direction they swirl around
       over the face of the whole earth
       to do whatever he commands them.

One year ago

7 03 2008

Casket, 2007

One year ago, our family had this on our kitchen table. Our kids had seen death before, with the passing of my grandmother and Pamela’s grandfather, but death tastes different when there is a casket on the table intended for one so small.

Life is fragile, and almost always too short when we look at it from this side of the divide. In the midst of death all around us, God is ever calling us towards life with Him, for Him, in Him.

Fletch’s blog today is full of the delightful promise of Spring. While it continues to snow here in the Midwest, his photos are a physical reminder that life is soon to return in all its vivid fullness–and someday our bodies will also find Winter turned to Spring.

from I Corinthians 15:

20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

Audio Feature – Meat Recall

19 02 2008

This past weekend the largest meat recall in US history was announced by the United States Department of Agriculture. The recall covers meat packed since February 2006 at the Westland/Hallmark Company in Southern California.

Monday I produced this short feature for Prime Time America on this recall of 143 million pounds of beef.

It Runs in the Family

28 11 2007
Watch Face

Waltham Watch Face, 1904

Recently my Grandmother Butler stopped through Chicago on her way to MN. She came bearing gifts for the kids and a small jewelry box for me. Upon inspection, the box contained this pocket watch which she said had belonged to her grandfather Andrew F Skinner (b. 1851, d. 1947). She didn’t know how long he owned it, nor did she think that it worked, but she thought I might appreciate it in light of family history. After a heart-felt expression of gratitude, I set it aside as we talked about other things. The boys came by, picked it up, inspected it for a moment and wound the mechanism…and it ran! Three days later, it is still running.

It made me contemplate what in my life can I hand down that will still work 100 years from now? My first thought was something like “Not much…”

Then my wife reminded me of our vision for our family and our desire for cross generational faithfulness in service to Christ, love of the Father and life from the Spirit. So that, even if nothing of our current earthly treasure survives the years, God’s work–for His glory–will be a testimony to generations to come.

May this watch be a Ebenim that reminds me of what God has called me to for those who follow.

From Psalm 89

1 I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever;
With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.
2 For I have said, “Mercy shall be built up forever;
Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens.”