It’s Not Even Thanksgiving yet…

It’s Not Even Thanksgiving yet…

It’s not even Thanksgiving and Christmas is already here. Shopping malls have decked their halls and stores are aglow with Christmas decor and trimmings. Inboxes and mailboxes are overflowing with holiday advertisements and the consumerism of Christmas is pushing forward.   We haven’t even stuffed our turkeys or tasted our pumpkin pies and Kris Kringle is …

Not My Will

Not My Will

Not my will, but yours be done   “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” Matthew 26:38   In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus left the city to appeal to the Father.  He knew what was ahead of Him and it wasn’t a pleasurable thought.  Pain was just around the corner; flesh being …

The Nativity of Christ

The Nativity of Christ

Contributed by Clarke Cayton, Chaplain for Christian Care Ministry (Chaplains Collective Member)   Christians love nativities at Christmastime. When I was growing up, I didn’t care much for decorating the tree or putting up lights, but I always made sure I was the one who got to arrange the nativity set. Every community has its own …

Edz Wingz and Drive-By Judgements

Edz Wingz and Drive-By Judgements

I wonder how many people drive by Edz Wingz on a regular basis and say ‘not a chance’. Edz exterior is rough and weathered; it definitely doesn’t invite you inside. Yet those that are willing to give Edz a chance experience joyful service and delicious food. You just need to be willing to look beyond …

Ministering in Joy

Ministering in Joy

Regardless of how my singing sounds, down in the deepest parts of my soul there is an expression of joy. My soul sings. I love that phrase, My soul sings. While it is not found in one particular verse of scripture (though Psalm 103 and Psalm 31 will get you close), the phrase resonates with my feeling of being …