Written April 17, 2000
Sleep greatful sleep
Come to me
Rest my head and restore my body
Let me feel ashured that I will wake up ready to start a new day.
Ready to take on the challenges of the world
If someone or something gets in my way,
I will let them know that I am okay and nothing will get me down.
But my beautiful sleep is the only way that can happen.
Good night world, good night my love.
Sleep wonderful sleep come to me.
Interview for approval to be ordained into the Lutheran Church……goood– approved
First round of Church planting interview (Mission Development) — goood – passed
That has been my life the last month. Worrying about this and that — trying to keep moving forward when things want to be at a standstill.
I was thankful for some “time off” this month. Granted it is no where near the time I would like to completely unwind but I was able to unwind some. Afternoons filled with relaxation, Madden 07, and MVP 05. There were other things accomplished but that was minimal compared to the relaxation.
This week I have been sitting in class. It has been a great class but we have 10 hours of class a day. Granted it is over in four days but the four days have been long.
So I have been thinking about the month of January. I would like to call the month of January the month of dreams. First there are the dreams of the millions of people making New Year’s Resolutions. “I am going to lose weight this year, I am going to save more money this year, I am going to be a better parent/spouse/friend/family member.” We have many dreams for ourselves and our lives.
The Second dream is the dream surrounding Jesus’ birth. It is true that Jesus was born on Christmas which is in December. But the wise men come to us in January. Wise men who follow the star from a dream to find and announce the birth of the Messiah.
Finally we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. this past weekend. King had a dream of a country that could be united, a country that could not be divide by race. While we have come a long way since his dream speech we still have a long way to go.
I don’t want to get into politics in this blog too much, but for me that’s one thing I am looking for in a leader of our country. Who can help further unite our nation and lead us into the future.
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won if he’d stuck it out.
Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are –
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.