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The heavens declare your glory.....

    Dear Friends:   I don’t normally quote an entire chapter in the bible, but today’s reading in Psalms (19) was so special I thought it appropriae.   “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.   Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.   They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.   Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.   It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,  like a champion rejoicing to run his course....

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I praise Him in all situations....

                  Dear Friends:   I left the camp today to fly to Kenya for the week.  This is not a trip I look forward to. Thirty hours of flight to Nairobi and thirty hours back is a long time to sit on a plane or at an airport.  Of all my tasks at the camp, this is what I appreciate the least. And yet I know that I must go on these trips for the life and health of our “international” camp, but I look forward to the day when someone else handles all the foreign travel.     But today was a bit more complicated and stressful than normal.  I know...

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I praise Him in all situations....

                  Dear Friends:   I left the camp today to fly to Kenya for the week.  This is not a trip I look forward to. Thirty hours of flight to Nairobi and thirty hours back is a long time to sit on a plane or at an airport.  Of all my tasks at the camp, this is what I appreciate the least. And yet I know that I must go on these trips for the life and health of our “international” camp, but I look forward to the day when someone else handles all the foreign travel.     But today was a bit more complicated and stressful than normal.  I know...

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Where do bad people go?

                  Dear Friends:   Over the weekend we had a friend of one of the boys visit us.  This was his second visit and he seems to enjoy our home—-dysfunctional as it is.  He watches how we have our meals together, wrestle, debate, make plans for the following day and even as we have one of our daily “meltdown” rituals and seems to want to be a part.  Strange as it sounds, he seems to want to visit more and more.   I have been to a few places like that in my life—-places I really did not want to ever  leave.  It was not only the climate, but the ambiance, the...

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Not a very popular dad today..........

      What an afternoon!  The two youngest boys came home from school excited, as always, and we talked about their day, what they learned, and the upcoming weekend.  Then the trouble started. One of the boys had broken a promise and we discussed the consequences.  He was very, very unhappy about my keeping my promise (no iPad music for five days) and begged and begged for another chance. Of course this is the consequence he agreed to, and in light of what he did, it was fair,  but when it came to accepting the discipline he simply was not prepared.   For two hours he whined, complained, pleaded, screamed, begged, told me what a horrible parent I was,...

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