Well friends, we’re all one week into the national emergency due to the COVID-19 virus. How y’all doing? I’m sure the answers are all over the board. And our answers say much about us — things like where we work, what personality type we have, where we gather our information. But most importantly, this is a great time to find out what we truly value. Testing has a way of making some things clear to us that we can’t see when life is easy, when nothing is asked of us. And what is testing but a time of being asked for things? Let’s dig in this week and see how Jesus handles this, and what it has to teach us, and let’s see why his answers let the crowds utterly amazed.
Dad is pushing 90 and has dementia. As one friend recently said, “He's way out of warranty.” But other than the brain-wasting disease, and the general feebleness that comes with having torn so many pages off the calendar, he’s in remarkably good health. It’s just the dementia. This ain’t the first rodeo for my family. Between us, my wife and I are four outta four for parents with the disease. Yep,100%. So, we know the drill. Dad’s home in Houston took on a bit of the water fr
My dad sits on our porch and fidgets with his cigar. Napping and smoking fill most of Jack Ray’s days now. His cigars are bundle-packed Churchills, pungent and imposing. He smokes two, sometimes three a day. And he asks questions: “Where’s Diane? Are you going to take me home? Whose house is this? Yours? Really? How long have you lived here? Have I been here before?” Once this loop of questions gets started, it’s difficult to derail. But not from a lack of trying, at least on
“Sis, let’s take a drive to Jiggs and Maude’s to see the dogwoods and redbuds,” my granddad would say on a sweet spring day when we visited at Easter time. My mom and I would load into their boat of a car, Mom in front to enjoy the opportunity to be close to her dad, and me in the back with Grandma Willis’ busy hands and crochet projects. No wire hanger was safe in the presence of my grandmother, as the harsh metal things were wrapped in looped yarn and adorned with a plastic