My life is grounded on the rock known as Jesus Christ. There once was a time that He said: “I am the Light of the World” (John 8:12). As this great light shone into my life I came to recognize the grace that God has for human kind and I accepted his free offer of salvation.
As the light continued to shine on my life I was changed and became a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Soon that light began to shine through me and touch the lives of others (Matthew 5:14-16) to glorify God.
I see Christ in the beacon of a lighthouse and myself as a butterfly free to fly and so I am the Beacon’s butterfly as I take God’s love to all of the individuals I encounter during my journey here on earth.
I hope that you will find a few words that will light your path and help you to find your way home.
Born in Roswell, New Mexico…graduated from Tularosa High School, BA from University of Oklahoma…served as an officer in the US Navy achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander… Master of Divinity from Eastern Mennonite Seminary….ordained Elder by the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church.
A pastor with a passion for spiritual development,
Perhaps Henri Nouwen can best explain why I try to share what you find here.
Making Our Lives Available to Others
One of the arguments we often use for not writing is this: “I have nothing original to say. Whatever I might say, someone else has already said it, and better than I will ever be able to.” This, however, is not a good argument for not writing. Each human person is unique and original, and nobody has lived what we have lived. Furthermore, what we have lived, we have lived not just for ourselves but for others as well. Writing can be a very creative and invigorating way to make our lives available to ourselves and to others.
We have to trust that our stories deserve to be told. We may discover that the better we tell our stories the better we will want to live them.
These reflections are taken from Henri J.M. Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey.