Monthly Archives: March 2016

March 21 – Thanks

What started as a sharing of a photo and thought each day of Lent has devolved into the occasional post. Today’s word is “Thanks”. This year I had the honor to participate in my third graveside service for a Veteran. This was for a long time and beloved member of our congregation. The ceremony in […]
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Pay Attention to Warning Signs?

This morning we went of what was to be a 7.18 mile hike in the Santa Monica Mountains. We’ve done this trail many times, but not in the last four years. I was looking forward to experiencing it in a new way as I am much more fit than I was the last time I recorded time […]
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March 19 – Restore

Almost three years ago one of our favorite hiking spots was devastated by fire. Today we went on a hike there and, thanks to recent rains, were treated to some beautiful scenery. I didn’t take any photos of all the wild flowers in bloom. But I found a perfect illustration of the theme of “restore”. There are […]
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March 17 – Remembrance

As my word of the day for Lent has become a word every few days I have the ability to choose the words… Today’s word then is “remembrance”. In the church calendar, November 1st is All Saints Day. At Our Redeemer we observe this day on the first Sunday of November. I know that many congregations […]
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March 14 – Path

My son and I have decided that we will run/hike part of the Backbone Trail and La Jolla Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains this Saturday. The first time we did this hike was almost 5 years ago and we had just done the Backbone Trail portion (this is actually just the beginning portion of that […]
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March 9 – Faithful

When I think of the word, faithful, my first thought is influenced by the fact that I’m a pastor. For today though, I’m thinking of my pets. We were having a discussion at the church this morning about how our dogs (and cats and other animals) are part of our families. I then came home […]
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March 8 – Power

This winter we are reminded of the awesome power of the ocean. The big waves are both beautiful and dangerous…like much of the power we encounter in nature. Some palm trees were no match for the waves earlier this winter. Lots of work has been done since to save the rest of the trees, and […]
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Race Recap – Surf City Marathon

The Surf City Marathon was a month ago today. Thankfully I can say that I am recovered and began training again last week. I’ll do a few short races (half marathons) before running the Ventura Marathon again in September 11 this year. I can’t believe that I just referred to halfs as short races! Lead up: in […]
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March 7 – Spirit

The thing about disciplines is that they require discipline! I am attempting a Lenten discipline of posting a photo to illustrate a word each day while also adding some thoughts. My last post was March 1, so I need to work on that discipline. Today’s word is Spirit. This morning I received a text message from a […]
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February 29 & March 1 – Thirst & Witness

I’m attempting to share a photo and some thoughts each day during Lent to illustrate an assigned word. It seems to be a bit more difficult as I find myself doubling up on days. The words for yesterday and today are “thirst” and “witness”. Thankfully they can be used together. On Valentine’s Day we had […]
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