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A NEW YEAR IS COMING, AS ARE CHANGES

Posted by tawodi on November 21, 2008


I wrote from the depths of despair after election day.  Didja notice??  O.K.  I’m human!!  I admit itt!!

But although it’s not ALL better now, it is “somewhat” better 

There are going to be changes coming to the blog in content, and scope, after the new year. Just what the extent of them are, will for the time being, be kept quiet for reasons that will be apparent then. Nothing earth shattering,  but they will be of some consequence.

On a lighter brighter note I presided at the wedding of my youngest son James and his bride Christy.  In many ways the capstone of my life!   Also a great joy that I had looked forward to for months. Both of his sets of extended families were there myself and wife Laura and our 13 year old daughter, then there was my ex wife Susan and her husband David, my oldest daughter Dawn and her husband Mat and their daughter Maia.  Our oldest son Bruce and his wife Beth, their two sons Doug  and John and daughter Morgan. Christy’s three sisters Our grand daughter Liegha Grace and then over fifty other family and friends!

To top it all off the church was not mine! But we were graciously allowed by Pastor David Stewart of the Dighton Community church  In central Massachusetts, to use the church. He opened the ceremonies and then turned over to me the couple for the sacrament of marriage to be performed by me, after the ceremony he used the prayer from my Methodist book of worship, pronounced the benediction, and sent us forth. All in All, a fine day indeed!!  The reception also went well, no fatalities and no excessive drinking….although it was close in a couple of instances!! We got some of the pictures today, coooool!!

So, not too much else to relate at this time.

Be well, all of you, my friends,  Rev.  Bruce……………………………………..Tawodi

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The Pastor’s Page from Tree of The Mustard Seed Ministries

Posted by tawodi on August 12, 2008


 Last week we got a little further into prayer and next week will continue. But I need to share something with you, so this week we will take a side trip!!

 
   All too often in these times of war, tumult, seeming chaos and uncertainty, It is hard to see our way clearly to reach for a future of any kind.
   The media lives on selling us fear and it seems that most of our politicians do too!
 
   Suddenly something of hope rears up and at first we may not be aware of what we are seeing at first,  but then comes a moment of quietude and clarity. These moments are rare indeed and it is my belief that they should be shared,  as they are precious few and sometimes, in the hurley burley are not recognized for what they truly are, a blessing in hope.
 
   I officiated at a wedding yesterday, August tenth and right in the middle of the final vows was struck most forcibly with what was actually taking place.
   As I stood there the example of those two young people in front of me, and young people everywhere.  Are simply reaching out for their chance, at life, happiness, children, fruitfulness and hope, in what sometimes seems a hopeless world.  Being of clergy I found myself ashamed at the way I have been feeling lately. Unsure, worried about my 13 year old daughter and her future. All the things that might befall her, in this time of uncertainty and her mother as well, if the time comes when I will be gathered to my people.
 
   In all the blessings I have received from God to protect our little family. All the things that have been no less than a miracle of His Providing for us when all should have come to ruin.
 
   It was truly a moment of gifting.  God once again showing me that if we trust, He will provide. He will carry us through those times of helplessness and trial.
 
As I prayed over and blessed the couple they began to cry, I thought it was from joy, the mother of the groom after I pronounced them man and wife, the pictures taken and time for me to leave, took me aside.
 
She embraced me and told me, she had never been so inspired by a prayer before and that her son was deeply moved, as was his new bride. He had asked his mother to tell me that, as he was unsure how to do so.
 
I was speechless, and told her of what had transpired . That it was they, that had inspired me, not the other way around. I then suddenly realized it was God, inspiring Us all, quite a moment indeed!!!
 
So all of you,  Be in His blessing, it is us who lose sight of God, not God that loses sight of us!!
 
Rev.  Bruce………..Be well friends.   

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CHRISTMAS GREETING

Posted by tawodi on December 21, 2007


I have to admit that I have not been posting as regularly as usual the last two months but my family and I completed a move on Nov. 1 and then I had a setback healthwise but things are slowly returnung to normal.

Sooooooo,  I just wanted to say MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL  It has been a busy years work here and for   The People of Abraham site which I will probably move to the WordPress platform after the first of the year. There is virtually zero traffic on the Blogger platform and I can’t seem to get the help I need to find out why. It is difficult enough to write two blogs and if one is not being read incredibly frustrating.

Happy holidays to you all and I WILL be back quickly to get things rolling here again.

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SLIPPERY SLOPES, NO, NOT SKI SLOPES

Posted by tawodi on June 30, 2007


Well,  to start this post,  I should tell you,  I’m the father of four and the grand dad to four more, not especially remarkable in any way.

EXCEPT,  that I was and am,a pain,  in , the, butt,  for my grown up kids and my twelve  year old about one thing. As the older ones were being raised I had one thing,  this one thing,  there there was no negotiation on, no discussion allowed, and no repreive from.  It was the hardest lesson for them to learn,  especially in this age of moral relativism. I got told more than you would believe that everybody does it,  it was acceptable to do so,  and down right foolhardy to maintain my position as no one,  not even me,  could live up to it!!!

My father was, shall  we say,  not much in the performance department as fathers go, but he had a gazillion cliche’s that he used to throw around as pearls of wisdom for us kids.  My grandfather was from Germany and had an almost oriental way of seeing things and was also prone to doing the same thing.

Of all the sayings that stuck in my mind and there are quite a few this one is the one that has had the most effect on me in my life.  To ride,  shoot straight  and tell the truth.  It has also brought me more heartache and pain than anything I have lived in my life. At the same time it has been the one thing that has brought me the most comfort,  on a personal level, down deep,  where you never let anyone else go,  much less see.

It has been said that you never have to ask yourself “What did Bruce mean when he said that?”  What ever “that” was.  I have always and I mean always spoken the truth. Through out my life I,  and if you’re honest,you too, have watched almost everyone  we  know create a legend about themselves that they then try to live and woe to you if you cast doubt on it,( the legend)  Now I’m not talking about a little harmless embellishment of a family story or the old tale about uncle Joe, Bill or Fred, you know,  the family drunk at thanksgiving, falling asleep in the punch bowl or whatever,  we all have them ,  but  the  guy or gal at work who ALWAYS has a story that is just a little bit better than yours,  a little bit wilder, or a little bit more ribald , or a little bit bigger show of bravery, humor,   daring,  or  bravado,  you know the ones I’m talking about,  we all know them.  One of the things I have noticed is that when I tell a story of someone I knew or know who has done something really silly or stupid or brave and daring and I tell the story with the person’s name in the right places instead of mine,  some people look at me a little funny and then accept it as true,  because it is not an example of one upmanship that we so commonly see.  It took me a lot of years to recognise just what was going on, because I would notice the funny look and almost wouldn’t finish the story,but then got a warmer reception when it was told. Weird,  people like the truth,  but so seldom  speak it,  when it seemingly doesn’t matter.

IT ALWAYS MATTERS!!  It is in those times when you think nobodies paying attention that you try and slip one by, and guess what, you have given up a little credibility,  just a little niggling some thing,  that will always make people from then on ask themselves,  “is  this true?”  Now be truthfull,  am I right??  Of course I am  and you know it. It may not be the first story or the second but sooner or later the question will be asked and then for ever you will be held in doubt about whatever you speak of. Do you know why???  It’s because if you lie about the stuff that doesn’t mean a damned thing, what else will you lie about when the chips are down and it’s time to put it on the line for the whole magillah!!

This has been the hardest lesson to teach my kids. You have nothing that means anything but your  WORD. there is nothing you can give anyone, that sombody else can’t give them.  Go ahead try and think of  something .      Money ?  hell, almost everybody has more money than me.  Jewels, cars, houses, travel, clothes,  parties,  noteriety,  fame, stature,  anything????  No matter who you are, or what you may have accomplished,  there is nothing but your word,  which is the true,  YOU,  that you can give to anyone,   NOTHING, that someone else can’t give them.

Yesterday I came home from taking my wife to work in the morning and was informed by my twelve year old that she had just set up a page on one of the internet sites that she had tried the day before to do but they have a rule,   nobody below the age of 14 is allowed to open an account with them.  HHmmmmmmm,  How did you do that I asked, knowing full well what the answer was. “Well,  I gave them 1992 as my birth year,”was her answer.  Now I would explain that lying has always been a” glow in the dark butt” offense in my home, no right of appeal, no excuses, you get a” glow in the dark butt”.  As many of you may also know,  12 is a little old for spankings………Now  what???  As I popped a couple of waffles in the toaster I asked her,”how does it feel to lose your  integrity, over something that is absolutely meaningless, for all time?? ”  Her look of shock was priceless,  and it was damned hard not to fall on the floor on my knees in thanks to the BIG GUY for  that look.  It was exactly what I had hoped to see.  You must understand the older kids had mysteriously, all at the age of about eight and a half,  lied for the last time, about the very same thing. It was uncanny and kind of funny as I have thought about it over the years.  I,  or their mother,  had given them  some money to go to the store to get bread or whatever and  in a day or so remembered the change, and with out exception they all asked “What change ??”  You know the change that you’ve been buying candy with for the last two or three days??   OH!!  THAT  CHANGE!!    whacka,  whacka ,whacka,   last lie from any of the three, as I said funny,  in retrospect.

Now of course the twelve year old has heard that story many times in her young life and being smart,  has never lied after the age of three and a half ( the infamous cookie incident)  is how we refer to it around here. After about a half hour of earnest talking we agreed that what she did was stupid as she didn’t even recognise it as a lie,  per se’ and I understood that from the git go. But there was still the issue of what to do about it,  as she really wanted that page because my grand daughters and my older kids all had pages on that platform. Sooooo, we called her older sister and found that there are all kinds of blocks that can be put on the page to severely limit the entries to only those with prior approval to post or even read what’s there. Which is what we did,  and we,  I expect will live happily ever after………till next time.

NOW,  why did I put this story here for you all to read?  Well look around you, to ride  shoot straight and tell the truth,  is the title of a book by Jeff Cooper a sportsman,  former border patrol agent and officianado of the shooting sports,  of great renown.  Long before I bought his book I,  as I said,  had been hearing that phrase, and understood exactly what it meant.

In the Middle ages the royal families of the near and far east used to send their sons away  to learn these three vastly important skills,  when they returned home to learn to rule, it was thought and proved to be true,  that by knowing these things in their bones at the age of eighteen,  the rest could be taught and was,  in about six months to a year.

Coming from a broken home and with all the things in my and my siblings childhood that we endured,  this single thing personal integrity,  is the only thing that has never failed me, or my children. Would they make mistakes?  You betcha, as they say in yooper country. But as I taught them. If you get in trouble and lie,  I can’t help you and you can’t help yourself, as you,  or I,  won’t know where to start,  or even if help is necessary. An  incredibly important lesson in life. Lying is incredibly insulting to people as well,  the feeling is “did you think I was so dismally stupid as to believe that or, even worse that they did and now feel that stupid,  what an insult to your friends.

Don’t give me the example of the wife coming to you with some rediculous looking article of clothing that she obviously likes but makes her look like a doofus, the thing to do is,  think,  and reccomend a flattering blouse, belt or alternate color, that would be more flattering to her figure,  or coloring,  than letting her see herself in a mirror after the new has worn off and asking you,  why didn’t you tell her she looked rediculous!!!   And if you don’t believe a single thing I’ve said,  believe that, it WILL happen!!

The other BIG thing to consider in truthfulness,  is fidelity,  and it goes right back to where we started,  what do you have to give your wife or husband that no one…..NOBODY…on this Gods green earth can give them???    YOU !!   Are you finally getting it,  just how important truth is???

This isn’t quite scriptural ,  but it’s close,  those things that take us away from the truth,  will cause the love of many to grow cold.

Be well all,  and have a happy and safe,  fourth of July…………….Rev.      Bruce……………………………………….Tawodi

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PASSAGES IN LIFE

Posted by tawodi on June 21, 2007


As we pass through life we,  each of  us, pass through stages and sometimes something that could be called,  for want of a better term,  a check point. I did just that today and didn’t realise it till after the fact,  that it would be a huge one for me.

I performed,  as” Solemniser” the first wedding ceremony of my ministry today,  at 5 P.M.  21 june 2007.  I of course was looking forward to this milestone for many reasons, as would any one in this line of work,  so to speak.  It was joyous for the participants as they started out together on a new life,  as you can expect it was.  When two people get together and stand up and say,  alright life,  BRING IT ON!!  it instills in us the feeling,  Yes go for it !! 

Those feelings,  as well as many others,  we all share at weddings.  Afterward I felt a great need to be alone for awhile, so after I filled out the bottom of the license and popped it in the mailbox. I grabbed a cup of coffee at the local convenience store and went and parked at the beach,  about a quarter mile away from where the ceremony had been conducted over looking the ocean (Atlantic)…….In Chatham.

I seemed to have no real sense of accomplishment as I thought I would at reaching this milestone in my life. But as I sat in my car I suddenly realised how many things had occurred within a mile of where I now sat. In 1964 I was stationed at my first duty station in the Coast Guard less than 100 feet from where I was sitting……In Chatham.  I came here as a green kid,  fresh from boot camp and prior to that,  a tough street kid straight from the streets of Chicago. This was the first place I had ever seen like this. We got to take liberty after we learned how to stand a watch by ourselves which took me about three weeks,  about average,  as there was a great deal to learn. As I walked down the main street (how quaint) a real place called,  Main street, I was suddenly struck with how nobody walked with their eyes on the ground as to make eye contact might invite a violent altercation like in the city. there was a band shell and a band concert going on and I had never seen one of those, ( they still have them) There were people walking along talking, totally relaxed, kids with balloons,  pop corn,  cotton candy, smiling parents, my God,  it was like a movie,  I was mesmerized and lost. Lost to the life I had known, never to return, I vowed to myself then and there,  that no matter what it took,  I would never go back to the life I had known. And I didn’t.

I met and married my first wife in 1966, in Falmouth Ma. on a bus,  when we married,  I finally met her father and step mother who lived in….you guessed it,  Chatham. Twenty years and three children later we divorced. a period of three years passed and I married again and five years later divorced for the second time. That’s IT,  no more for me !! I spent 2 and a half years alone, there was no more of me left to give away. I then met my wife at a club where my first wife was playing with her and her husbands band, (Yes, we had been musicians and singers together)  My youngest son was playing out (bass) for the first time and she had invited me to see him do it with them and I went,  SHAZAAM!!!  A tall willowy, twenty nine year old girl walked up,  and fifteen months later we were married!!  Who’d a thunk it??!!??   Oh by the way …….in Chatham. In the past I had lived in New Hampshire,  Maine and pretty much the prettiest and best places in New England,  like Nantucket,  the White Mountains of N.H. and guided as a registered Maine guide in the back woods of Maine and wound up guess where…….In Chatham.  While living here we have seen the birth of my daughter,  my fourth child,  my wife Laura’s first and only. We have built a life that is second to none, we don’t have much,  if any,  money, but there has never been a time when I and she have felt so fulfilled,  complete and blessed,  in our lives as in……..Chatham. My two oldest kids live on Cape Cod,  in other towns with our grandchildren, ( that used to be a tough one for laura,  a 35 year old grand ma)  but she has gotten used to it …..four times over!!!  Eleven  years ago I entered lay speaking ministry,  five years ago I became a certified lay minister. In ninteen ninety nine I suffered a heart attack that almost carried me off. My friend had been a chaplain for the V.A. and sent away for the papers to sign me up for health care.  Jan. 2000, two stents in my heart and recovery time in……Chatham. I,  thrilled that I might be able to see my daughter grow up,  and be there for her and mom before I died.  March 14, 2005,  met with the board of ordained ministry of the United Methodist Church ,candidacy ended,  I was devastated……. I vowed no decisions for ninety days…….May tenth perforated bowel ,into the hospital , surgery,  resect the bowel (colostomy) peritonitis,  five days on a respirator near death, (no I didn’t see anything) and five more days in the I.C.U. and went home. Huge wound in belly,  that didn’t stop bleeding till Nov 16 th that year. S.S. came through for us,  retired my sorry butt,  there’s other stuff wrong too. Started taking corespondence course in ministry got my 27 hours course credits from Duke from 1974, finished the course did two dissertations compounded my ministry experience. May ninth I was informed that the U. methodist Church did not want me to give the impression that anything I wrote or said had the impramatur of the church !!  I never did, but the writing was on the wall…..knock it off!!!!  OR ELSE!!!!  So I did,  I knocked it off,  I knocked it right out of the park! Told the pastor that anything they had to say to me was useless commentary,  as I was gone…..Home to Chatham……….

Literally fell into a funk for ten days…..got an E Mail  ” Dear Bruce,  your disertation has been accepted and you are being presented with a degree,  Doctor of Divinity and are to stand for Ordination on the twenty first of this month !!!????!!!”   (May).      BOOM!!!

I couldn’t believe it !!  So I called them up …..believe it!!     O.K. it sunk in and I was ordained on the twenty first. What do I do now????

Keep on,  keepin on, that’s what,  what ever you’re doin’,  it seems the BIG GUY, wants you to keep on doin’ it!!!

And so today a nice first day of summer a day to think about renewal maybe,  or where you’re going………Or maybe where you’ve been……..A whole lot of places and just like everybody else,  most of the time not having any idea whatsoever,  where I’m going,  or what I’m going to do,  when I get there,  but willing to try and willing to listen,  to what He has to tell me,  to be guided by the Lord,  when it’s so painfully obvious,  I DON’T HAVE A CLUE!!!

And so…to all of you,  mark those passages you make,  some never get the chance to make them.

To all I have ever known,  thank you for your friendship, your love,  your guidance, your knowledge, and support,  through the lean times,  the frightening times,…..and the good times.

And to Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Stirling…..Bon voyage,  may you have as fruitfull a life as I have had,  may you be as blessed with the love I have known, may you be blessed by your children,  as I have been,  and may you live a long, long,  time in peace and security, die in the arms of the Lord when it’s your time,  and love ……….Here in Chatham………..

Rev.    Bruce                                                                                                 Tawodi…..here, in Chatham

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ARRGGHHH!! IT’S ALMOST SUMMER !!

Posted by tawodi on June 5, 2007


I am starting to enter   “summer mode”  I live in a resort area, actually more like a zoo in the summer, but nobody feeds me!!

In the last five years it has NOT been fun here as the people seem to be carrying a huge load of unrest and in some instances they’re just downright angry.  The problem is what are they angry at??!!  I don’t know.  The roads were not meant to carry the traffic that we now have and the tempers flair over that. Of course there is the phenomenon of people standing around on main street after coming out of a gift shop,  looking like gut shot cattle and you can see them asking themselves,  “Why did I just spend half a weeks pay on this crap and why am I spending 5000.00 dollars to spend a week in a place where the only thing to do is spend money …..oh and play mini golf,  or go to the beach!!!

I gotta tell ya,  I really feel badly for some of these folks. We have a Chamber of Commerce that is second to none in bringing tourists here and when they arrive and then go I realise that there are three hundred million people in this country and the supply of ………shall we say,  victims,  is endless!!

Now it is abeautiful place but you better like fishing swimming laying on the beach or other things such as boating, kayaking,  canoeing,  hiking in the dunes,  dining out,  a few night spots ……Oh! Good Heavens!! They’ve got me doing it!!!

Yeah, all right,  I guess if you don’t get summers off because you live here,  and are busting your butt,  smiling at some disgruntled idjit,  who blames you for the outrageous prices and every thing else,  up to and including the rain, you like me may be in serious need of an opterectomy. You know,  disconnect your optic nerve fr……never mind.

I think I need to take my daughter fishing yeah that’s what I’ll do go fishing……get in the boat and……Somebody help me…..I’ve been captured by the SYSTEM!!!

Just for some laughs….Be well all…Tawodi

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GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY

Posted by tawodi on June 3, 2007


Well today was the bridge crossing ceremony. The Girl Scout year is at an end,  except of course for dump duty for dad and mom to sort bottles, the troop got a little over four thousand dollars this year,  for this. You do of course realise,  that they would have to sell about five bazillion cookies to make that much don’t you? Sooooooo, we do the dump thing to recycle bottles,  it’s worth it,  lots of little girls go to camp and on field trips,  that they may not otherwise be able to afford.

Today brought a lot of memories, my oldest daughter is going to be forty on August 5th,  and my youngest daughter will be twelve on July 31 rst. I can remember when the oldest crossed over from junior to Girl Scout like it was yesterday. I know that’s kind of cliche’,  but it’s the truth. It’s like they say,  time flies when you’re getting the snot slapped out of you!!  Nah I haven’t lived as hard as some, as a matter of fact,  my life like any other has had highs and lows and with Gods help I and my extended family,  have weathered them all.

Have you out there,  like me,  considered at times like this,  where you’ve been and where you’re going??  I have reached the point in life,  that when I wake up in the morning , no matter how lamed up I am,  I feel like I’ve cheated death,  one more time!!

At the church today when we were leaving,  after the ceremony,  somebody came up to my wife and I and said,  you guessed it….. Hi Carly,  grandpa came with you and mom to the ceremony today, that’s nice isn’t it.   OOPS!!   This happens from time to time and it’s always hard to decide ,Hmmmmm,  should we tell them what’s what,  or just leave it alone? Either way it’s always good for a chuckle later for my wife and I.  There is an eighteen year difference in our ages so you can imagine what they think in some circumstances. What’s up with that??  Would be the kindest way to put it. My wife and I could care less,  but as I said it’s good for the occasional chuckle.

Stages I guess is what I’m talking about,  life has stages we go through as we pass through life and all of us do it somewhat the same,  but vastly different at the same time.  I know that last didn’t make much sense the way I wrote it,  but I couldn’t seem to get it just right. I guess the emotional content that we feel,  or give to each experience that we all share,  as humans,  affects us in subtly different ways,  or some times vastly different ways,  depending on the individual circumstance of each of us. RATS!!  I think I just said the same thing,  differently!!

ANYHOO,  I’m sure if you have read this far you get it,  new kid twenty eight years later,  same ceremony, same dad. There is that a little clearer?  I hope so cause it’s the best I can do. Time and passages that is the point, it’s a good thing I don’t have to pay for ink to write this stuff at times,  I’d go broke!!

To all the parents of Girl Scouts  every where you can see you’re not alone when it comes to rites of passage for your children or grandchildren they all mean we are marking passages of our own as we pass through life. I have to wonder though.  Am I scoring a passing grade through all this??  When I look at how successful my older kids are,  I feel that I am, but then this one’s not done growing yet, so I guess I’ll just have to keep trying to make a passing grade.

Be well,  all hug those little rug rats…..Tawodi 

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MEMORIAL DAY………..MUSINGS

Posted by tawodi on May 28, 2007


We all think of this as the big kick off to summer and I know you and every body else,  has heard about how we should never forget those who sacrificed so we could   HAVE   a Memorial day weekend.   Of course,  we celebrate,  remember and in some cases,  mourn those we,  or others,  may have lost over the years,  indeed over the centuries,  in combat and service related accidents around the world.

Yes,  you heard me right,  a great many men and women have been lost to accident around the world,  in peace time and in war and I have always wondered how many see  their deaths as a sacrifice,  besides their families.

God tells us,  that they who but live in the world,  also serve Him.  Well logic tells me that those who are far from their families even though they are not in a theater of war also serve  US .

Some where,  right now,  a Coast Guardsman or woman is serving right around the corner from you  no doubt wishing they could be with their family on this holiday instead of on duty where ever they are.

On an air base or a fort  for instance,  there are trainees who are on base for the weekend,  far from home,  missing their families also. There are officers and men at Quantico others are serving quietly to keep us all free in less than glamorous surroundings all around the world. As I write this,  are they any less missed by their children,  wives,  sweethearts and families??  Of course not!!  They are HEROS,  each and every last one of them!!!

SO,  If you see a man or woman wearing the uniform of our countries service members today,  no matter where you or they are,  thank GOD  for these people who are sacrificing so much now and are prepared to lay it all down for you and this great country we all live in.  Thank them for their service, that’s right walk right up to them stick out your hand and SAY IT!!!          THANK YOU FOR YOUR VALIANT SERVICE TO ME,  MY CHILDREN,  AND ALL OF US!!

Be proud when you do it,  don’t feel you will embarass yourself or them. Too few in our world of jumbled politics and hate filled rhetoric,  will see the man or woman beneath the uniform and realize there is an AMERICAN  in there…..JUST LIKE YOU…..Who wants to live,  prosper, raise a family and be loved,  THANK THEM THEY DESERVE IT!!!

And from me to you before you do it…… THANK YOU TOO…….

Be well all,  and be assured you are blessed,  to be living here under the protection of all these wonderful young men and women…..Tawodi…out

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HORIZONS AND HAPPENINGS

Posted by tawodi on May 26, 2007


This has been an eventful day and a half.  I’ve been busy again. Had to get registered with the county where I live as independant clergy and I decided what the heck, go for it!! 

My affiliation all my life has been with the Methodist church I will always be a Methodist. I was told however,  that what we are doing in the faith reconciliation effort,  must not be said to have the Imprimatur of the United Methodist Church, unless it was cleared with them first at national headquarters, guess we’re not ‘sposed to work for peace just as simple Christians,  all by our lonesome.

ANYHOO…. as I filled out the registration forms,  there was a question: CHURCH AFFILIATION.  Hmmmmmmmm.

Lets see can’t say that,  it might tick them off. Make them twitch or jump and then they might fall off that tower and get hurt and it would be all my fault,  soooooo I filled it in as follows, this saying of Jesus filled me as I thought and where this originated on military chat threads with armed soldiers,  sailors,  airmen,  and marines,  currently serving and veterans all,  those who have and,  are bearing the cost of war.  The most unlikly place for any one to think of something like this starting,  is where it began, this is the saying.  ” If you have faith the size of a grain of mustard seed,  you can move mountains!”

So I filled in ,  THE TREE OF THE MUSTARD SEED….CHURCH         Rev. Bruce  H  Holzrichter  D.D.

That is for the men and women who are serving as our warriors,  who are laying it out there for our and others freedom,  it is named for them,  No one hates war more than those who must bear the cost,  so that’s who this is for and all who would be joining us,  to a brotherhood of acceptance no matter what faith you embrace,  or no faith at all.  Every one is welcome here. who will stand together for interfaith acceptance.

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HAPPY MOTHERS DAY LADIES !!

Posted by tawodi on May 12, 2007


Tomorrow is mothers day and I like so many others search for ways to say in a new way happy mothers day.  Like most I am at a loss to come up with any thing new or inspiring, moving, or especially memorable.

But there is one good thing about mothers, as they watch their children play and grow I know that like me they can not often put in to words what they are feeling either, sometimes it seems there really are no words.

As a matter of fact to try and reduce a feeling to words takes away the meaning of what we feel. It is sometimes better to leave unsaid that which is deepest in our hearts and keep it as a private memory.

Telling the person or mother involved essentially in the form which I just put it is more than enough because women understand that to touch a memory sometimes is to destroy or degrade it. If the person is someone we love they understand sometimes more than we what we mean just because we tried to tell them.

That’s a neat thing about moms sometimes trying is enough,it’s appreciated , because so many times they wonder if anybody notices,  I mean really notices, what they do for us.

You do notice don’t you? strangely enough few do just like men on average notice so little of what their women truly do for them.

So guys if you can’t think of words,  tell them you’re trying to think of the words, they’ll understand, this once it’ll be enough that you tried.

Be well all,   Happy Mothers Day…Tawodi…out

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