Eternal Returns

I got short changed at the farmers market. I lost my leys in the parking lot(I think). We went through the train museum at a run and I am still a little sore from surgery. What a great day! But if I had spent the day alone and come home with my keys my money and my rest I would have missed out on a slice of God’s love. I am thankful because any day with our grandchildren is an investment with eternal returns!

Complete Adventures of Tad & Candle

I’ve began by weaving together stories for our children  when they were small. While there were a number of starts and stops along the way they culminated in a single tale about a lost lamb, named Tad. As the years have passed Tad’s adventures grew into a three part series and now that our “boys” are in their forties I have started a series for the grand-kids about “Candle” the firefly. In all there are six stories, each being a small adventure that focuses on a life lesson for little hearts such as, how to make friends, trust God or be brave.

If you would like to find out what Tad or Candle have been up to you may either follow the link provided or search on Amazon for it by title. Be blessedta-and-candle


The Complete Adventures of Tad and Candle


Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged parents are the pride of their children. Proverbs 17:6


When grandparents and parents play on the same team kids come out ahead. Here are just a few ideas I have learned as a grandfather.

Grandparents don’t have all the answers but we have learned a few of the right questions…
Grandparents can’t keep up like Mom and Dad but we can help the kids to learn to slow down and wait…
Mom and Dad make sure there is always a good meal on the table. Grandparents make sure that there are always chocolate chip cookies!
Sometimes Dad and Mom feel like the demands will never end. Grandparents know that it all comes to an end too quickly!

God bless all you Moms and Dads as you share with us the gifts of our grandchildren. With God’s grace we hope to give them back to you wrapped in the love of a grandparent!

The Eagerness of Training and the Pleasure of God


Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
Recently I watched again the classic film, “Chariots of Fire”. This film which is about the 1924 Paris Olympics, focuses on the life of Eric Liddell. Eric had been raised in China as the son of missionaries and had as his goal a return to that field. But in the year of the Olympics, Eric comes home and speaks at various churches about living a life for God. He finds himself strangely caught up in his nation’s excitement in putting together a team for the games. At a pivotal moment in the film, Eric’s sister questions his running and his commitment to God’s service. I will always remember Eric’s reply when he said, ” God made me for China, but He also made me fast. When I run, I feel the pleasure of God”
For anyone to be a competitive runner the reality is that most of their running will be in training. So Eric wasn’t saying that, “When I win races, I feel the pleasure of God!’  In fact runners will often spend months in training, just to prepare for a single race. So if running, in and of itself generates no pleasure in the athlete’s life, then that training will become nothing more than a painful drudgery.
It is so vital when we are training our children, to remember to train them up in the way they should go with the goal in sight that God has made them for His pleasure. He has designed them to experience His special joy, not just in the triumphs of life but in the long months and years of training. When I see the look of innocent joy in our grandson’s face training to go up and down the stairs, my heart is blessed. His Daddy stands close by and watches.
“Go ahead Wyatt!” he urges in an excited voice. Then in an explosion of delight, Wyatt climbs as fast as he can up the steps.
When Wyatt gets older there will be other kinds of training. It is vital for us as parents to get a hold of that joy, because not every minute will seem joyful. Somewhere Eric’s parents in their training had passed on to him that sense of the “pleasure of God”. So when he faced his greatest challenge Eric had learned how to run the race to the end. I pray that as we stand by to watch our grandchildren grow, that we will cheer them on, not just in the race, but in the joy of training and rejoice with them as they too discover, “The pleasure of God” for them.

Dancing with the Grandchildren

Dancing with the Grandchildren

Dancing with grandchildren is effortless because we labored over learning the right steps with their Moms and Dads!

Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children Proverbs 17:6