Poem

​He sat in car all alone.

Reading a book

But he was troubled

He had a TBI which at times impacted his behavior

Some days he was on the verge of going crazy

Others he just battled the pain

Some days he was sad

Some days happy

But everyday he was in pain

What will happen if I lose control

What will happen if the pain won’t stop

Some days I forget a lot

Other days I just want to forget

Today he was confused

Today he couldn’t take the pain anymore

Someone is yelling get out of the car

Get out of the car

But I am just reading my book

I want to be left alone

Please leave me alone

I just want to be left alone.

Why am I bleeding 

I just wanted to be alone

Then everything went quiet

The Lord’s Prayer/Our Father Prayer with Love 

​Pray then like this…

Our omniscient loving Father, whose loving presence fills heaven.

Hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom of love come,

your will of loving be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us Today your loving presence,

and forgive us for not always being your loving presence that you call us to be, 

even as we strive to be that loving presence for and with others.

Father let us never be moved from your pathway of love,

but always deliver us, always restore us to your love, whenever we go astray.

Amen.

My attempt at paraphrasing the Lord’s Prayer/the Our Father Prayer using the word love in various forms. – Peace, Gary

Pondering Father’s Day for My Children

Pondering Father’s Day

I ponder the meaning of what it means to be a father, who do we learn this from, from our father; maybe a step-father; a grandfather; an uncle; an older brother perhaps; maybe a mentor; a teacher; a pastor, all of these are possibilities but there is only one true example that all of these learned from, that would be Our Father who art in Heaven, yes from God the Father.

But how can I learn to be a father from God whom I cannot see. We first look I believe to his Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Bible gives us a starting point in that – For God so loved the world, that he gave us his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16.

Our heavenly Father loves us so much that he gave His only son that we might have life, a possibility for this age and for the age to come; eternal life.

So love involves sacrifice, but what does that have to do with being a father, you might ask. You see love in and of itself has only one true characteristic, and that is to give of itself, for if it doesn’t give, it is not love, you will always know love by its willingness to sacrifice.

But what is the connection of this love to being a father, and how does God as Father fit in to it all. Scripture tells us in 1John 4:8 that God is love, it is his very nature, God knows no other way, than love and that to me is at the core why God as Father is so vital to all of us today, as a Father he knows no other way than to love. There is not a better example to be found anywhere as to what a Father should be, I certainly hope as a father that I express this love to my children, I know that I have tried to love them like God loves and I know at times that I have failed, but I am thankful that my heavenly Father is always there when I do fail to pick me up and also them, because His Love is the one thing that never fails.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong doings, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends… 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

You see God as Father shows us all how to love, as a father I learn how to love from him, the main thing is that I love always, always, I know no other way.

Thank you Father for showing us all how to love. Even if for some reason your earthly father may have let you down, know that your heavenly Father never will.

And for my children Rachel, Jessica and Justin just know that I love you always, always. – Dad

About Drexel Gardens Christian Church Today.

About us today:

We are a small church with a mostly older congregation, which has a lot of wisdom to share with the coming generation; we are active in our community as an advocate for our neighborhood. We have developed strong relationships with the MSD Wayne; The Wayne Township Trustee’s office; IMPD Southwest District and also have developed strong relationships with those in state and city government, so that our neighbors in Drexel Gardens can be better served. We are also in partnership with the Drexel Gardens Neighborhood CrimeWatch which meets in our church every other month and was founded by one of our members 5 years ago and is now led by a husband and wife team who do a great job in representing our church and neighborhood throughout the city. The church has also sponsored and hosted Neighborhood Cleanup and Community Day’s in the spring and summer for the last five years. These things are all part of our work here in the neighborhood, of Seeking, working and praying for peace in this place.” – (See Jeremiah 29:7 below). But our primary mission here is simply to be the Church (The Body of Christ) in this place where God has sent us. The work of seeking and saving the lost; the work of making disciples; work of restoration and reconciliation; these things are at the heart of everything we do. We love our neighbors here, it is what we are called too, our ways may seem a little unorthodox to some but it is who we are and what we do. We are simply working with God’s help to be his Presence in this place.

While we are growing closer in our relationship to God and each other and while we are also building relationships with our neighbors, it hasn’t really translated into church membership growth and may not for sometime, it is a slow process and church really should be slow shouldn’t it. – Peace, Pastor Gary

 

But seek the welfare (peace) of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare (peace) you will find your welfare (peace).Jeremiah 29:7-ESV

You Matter

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So many things to say/do, so little time it seems to say/do them, a lot of those things I hope are relevant to someone, but I know that they may/will not be relevant to all, and that is okay, because I know that my life has not touched everyone, but I also know that it has touched way more people than I could ever imagine. I also know that I am not alone in this type of thinking and I want you to know for certain that it is true, that your life matters; that your story matters; that you matter.

These words could be for anyone or even an institution, but today they are for you, because you matter.

So when you think you don’t matter, know for certain that you do, because you matter to me.

Who I am does matter; you matter…   

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You Matter

So many things to say/do, so little time it seems to say/do them, a lot of those things I hope are relevant to someone, but I know that they may/will not be relevant to all, and that is okay, because I know that my life has not touched everyone, but I also know that it has touched way more people than I could ever imagine. I also know that I am not alone in this type of thinking and I want you to know for certain that it is true, that your life matters; that your story matters; that you matter.

These words could be for anyone or even an institution, but today they are for you, because you matter.

So when you think you don’t matter, know for certain that you do, because you matter to me.

Who I am does matter; you matter…   

Pondering… Numbers and Community

It has long been a concern of mine that people have been reduced to numbers and statistics. It has come more to light recently in the debate over the proposed Indianapolis (2014) city budget. I personally admit to not liking numbers, because at times they can be overwhelming to me in the light of some health issues that I struggle with. But since this is not about me, let me get on to what I believe the point is.
The point is that we can make the/our numbers say whatever we want them to say as we nuance them to fit what we are trying to accomplish.
It is disturbing to me that this is often done at the expense of the very people those numbers represent. We have seen one whole new people group being created; *the free and reduced lunch students group and we use our numbers to represent that group, these kids need our help we say and again we nuance our numbers to meet our agendas, saying it is all for them. I am left to wonder how we are truly serving that people group.
One wonders how any work can get done at all in a political arena that functions under these conditions, instead of serving people we are serving groups/numbers, and most everyone seems to have their favorite. We have depersonalized a process which was never meant to be depersonalized. We have made it about different groups/numbers and not about the overall community, and in this process we have destroyed any real sense of community; a community which is both God ordained and constituted in the founding documents of our republic. We all are a people created for community, but that very community is being destroyed through a political process of number manipulation; people have been conditioned to believe that they are all different and that they cannot exist outside of their own people group (and some have been lumped into several different groups so that any sense of identity has been lost). Their only hope is that someone will be there to fight for them, let us fight for you they have been told and in the end they relinquish the power to fight for themselves. This ultimately leads to a cycle of perpetual hopelessness, destroying communities and neighborhoods. It is at point that the tables are truly turned over on them, they are told that if you would only come together as a community or neighborhood we will come to your aid. But they have no knowledge, ability, power or resources to do so, and so we abandon them on this island of despair that we have created for them. Numbers never lie they have been told and you just don’t have the numbers. But we are more than numbers they pleadingly say and their cry falls on deaf ears, until the time comes again when their number might be needed.

*any people group and comments on that group can be included here

Martin Luther King Jr. – I Have a Dream for Community

As we approach the celebration of King’s birth to honor both his memory and legacy.

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Martin Luther King Jr. I have a Dream Speech (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smEqnnklfYs) has long stood in my mind as a source of inspiration; it was a great speech, a rallying call for a people, for all people to come together in community, in a community that God intended for us all, where we could all live together and work together for the good of the whole. I believe that in the generations since while his message has made a difference, a generation of people (all people) was changed forever, and future generations of all people are reaping its rewards. But King’s dream I feel for many was for another day and time; that its vision has been fulfilled, believing that; all that it would accomplish, had/has been accomplished. Those who believe such, I believe have no clue as to what King was saying, his dream was not just for a…

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