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December 11, 2017

Bethlehem Morning

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 9: 6 (KJV)

Even if I wanted to wrap myself in the quiet darkness of the early morning, with five windows in my upstairs office the morning’s sunshine has a way of breaking through into the sanctuary I have created with my thoughts. The moments of sitting alone in that darkened corner of my world wondering, planning, a bit anxious about what today and tomorrow will bring are always penetrated by that incessant light.

I wonder if there’s a message there—from long ago—we need to remember or learn.

That morning so long ago didn’t attract large crowds. Just three camel-riding Kings with some gifts, a few shepherds in the fields nearby, and some rather ordinary barn animals relegated to the manger out behind the Inn. The manger which was to be the site of that momentous morning of so long ago. Hardly a response you would see from us today, right? Maybe word of that morning hadn’t gotten out yet. Maybe it would have fallen on deaf ears anyway.

After all, there had been a long period of waiting for something like that morning. Too long. Almost to the point of causing one to give up on it ever happening. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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December 4, 2017

Christmas—Magic or Miracle?

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

The Angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.”

Luke 1:35 (NIV)

Read that scripture again. What does it depict to you?

Magic? Miracle?

Which is it that you believe?

Maybe it depends on what we really believe in the light of things unseen. Things which we really want to believe—things which in our most difficult of moments we have to believe. I wonder if our past experiences on the mountaintops and in the valleys carry any weight with our answer, and influence at all what we believe it to be—magic or miracle.

Be honest now—did you think it was just a moment of magic?

Magic? Ultimately man-made but with a sleight of hand or some concealed apparatus producing baffling effects or illusions, of the David Copperfield or Houdini variety.

Or, did you think it was a miracle? An event or action that contradicts known scientific laws and is thought to be due to supernatural causes, especially linked to an act of God. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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November 27, 2017

A Coming Season—As it Was Meant to Be

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)

A Thanksgiving gathering as it was meant to be. With our family gathered together, temperatures in the fifties, a fire in the fireplace, the sky just as blue as it should be, and a table full of food for which to also be thankful. And then lifting prayers to the Creator of it all, in the mountains, with our granddaughters’ only additional wish—that it would snow.

How was Thanksgiving for you? Was it as it was meant to be?

Some of my fondest recollections of times of family gathered at Thanksgiving were with my bride Lynda’s family when we were first married; where her family gathered from homes both near and far. Where extended family gathered, hugs were shared, laughter bounced off the walls of the rooms, children played, and nothing stronger than coffee, tea or milk was served to drink all day long.

It was a great Thanksgiving!

And now what? “Black Friday.” “Cyber Monday.”

Really? (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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November 20, 2017

An Attitude of Gratitude

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

“…singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…”

Ephesians 5:19b-20 (NKJV)

I’ve had many good moments as a husband—you can even ask my bride, Lynda. She’d no doubt share some of those with you with. I have also had too many lesser moments as a husband—you can ask Lynda about those as well, although, knowing her, I suspect she’d never let on or let you know.

If I spent the rest of my life on this earth listing the reasons to be thankful for her life, I wouldn’t be able to complete the list before stepping into Heaven. No way. But maybe that’s what I should do each day, to help me with an attitude of gratitude in God and the blessings He has placed in my life—like her. An attitude which should guide my every thought, word and act.

What about you? Have you had some better moments as a husband, or as a bride, or in some other relationship you have—as a father, son, daughter, friend, or so many others we are privileged to have? And maybe you still remember some of those lesser moments you wish you could forget. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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November 13, 2017

A Sense of Duty

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman….”

Thomas Paine (December 25, 1776)

Thomas Paine wrote those words after the loss of New York to the British on December 23, 1776. Two days later on Christmas morning his words were read to the troops by order of General George Washington. And through conflicts at Ticonderoga, Trenton, Princeton, Saratoga, Valley Forge, and many more, our nation ultimately stood victorious at the British surrender at Yorktown in 1781, ending our war for independence.

And in that moment begin a chapter in civilization unlike few history will ever record. We need to remember that today as we move forward. And remember that it was all about duty. Our best moments in the nation, from our beginning, through periods correcting wrongs and becoming better, to a return to civility and our roots—was and is all about duty. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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