Posted November 26, 2013 By Bob Buehler
Today: Looking into device$ to mitigate the annoying effects of hearing loss. Watch for a report on what I learn. So far, the conversation goes like this:
“Have you ever been exposed to loud noises?”
“I played in a band, and I worked in factories.”
…thus eliminating, I suppose, the need to try to find other causes.
Posted November 2, 2013 By Bob Buehler
When I wake up in the morning, some things call for my attention right away: bodily needs, personal hygiene, whoever else in the house is moving about right then. I usually step on the scale and note with dismay or pleasure what I have gained or lost overnight. But because most mornings this happens fairly early, without a need to rush out to meet the demands do the day for at least an hour or two, there is an opportunity for quiet time. So I may compose a brief thought and tweet it, or focus on a bible verse and share that with my friends online.
Today I am thinking about the possibilities a new day can bring. Of course it brings pressures: pretty soon I’ll look at my calendar or my to-do list, or remember something that was left unfinished yesterday, or, as happens many days, the phone will ring and call my attention in some unexpected direction. All those things will press on me; but I want to establish sooner rather than later: where in this day will God be at work? Everywhere the answer immediately comes. God is in the calendar, in that undone task, working with that person on the other end of the phone call. God is also in those places I will leave untouched. My task is to rest in his presence, whatever the activity may be. It is a given that I will be inadequate, that my time, energy, money, and attention will come up short. When I know that to be true, I will also know that it is not all about me. I am called to be a witness to the infinite power of God in a finite world… God has given me a ringside seat in an unfolding story, and I even get to play a small part. As a member of his audience, I want to pay attention so I can applaud his performance. This is worship, and it is also life. Sometimes I find myself part of a company who can see and applaud together. We call that church in the best sense, a foretaste of the great celebration when every creature in heaven and earth and under the earth, the sea and all that is in them, will unite in a spontaneous, joyful chorus of praise to the Creator and Redeemer for his brilliant performance. My goal today is to get in practice for that day. Way to go, God!
Posted November 1, 2013 By Bob Buehler
It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night.
– Psalm 92:1-2 (NRSV)
Posted September 1, 2013 By Bob Buehler
Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:23
Posted August 1, 2013 By Bob Buehler
Let everything you do be done in love.
– 1 Corinthians 16:14