Monday, March 20, 2006

Day one and Two of the trip to Biloxi

We started out the trip driving down to Nashville in order to stay the night at Our Savior Lutheran Church. It was about a 10 hour drive or so to get there.

We also had a chance to go into the city for some dinner and to see some of downtown Nashville after we rolled in at about 6:00 p.m. Oh yeah and the warmer climate was definitely a welcome change from the snow that we left in Michigan.

Here is my girlfriend Rachel and I outside of a great barbeque place in Nashville. Another cool thing was that we walked into an ice cream shop which had a live band. We ended up talking to the guy and he made up a song about us on the spot it was pretty cool.

On Sunday morning we got up and went to church at Our Savior. It was a good service. After that we were back on the road for the remaining 9 hours or so after stops in order to get us to where we were staying in Biloxi, MS.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

I'm back

After a long trip all day Saturday and into Sunday morning I am back in Michigan. As promised I will have posts about the trip and what we did forthcoming.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Off to Biloxi

I will be leaving tomorrow morning to go to Biloxi, MS to do some hurricane relief work over spring break. We are staying at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. We are driving from Michigan so it should be a good drive. I would ask that you please pray for our safe travels down there as well as getting work done when we are down there. Thanks.

I will be back in a week and this time I promise I will give some more information about my trip.

Curling anyone?

So today I went curling for the first time. Yes the crazy winter sport where rocks are thrown down a sheet of ice. It was much harder than it seems on tv and also a lot more fun. I honestly can not wait to go play it agian there.

I went curling at the Midland Curling Club.

You can also check on the USA curling association if you want.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

To give up or not

Lent is a time of reflection upon ones own sin. The way I see it giving up something for lent stems from the idea that it helps one recognize what Jesus did for us through his sacrifice. Too often it seems that giving something up has either turned into a chore. People seem to do it because they think they have to and if not they are doing something wrong. These people will also complain about the fact that what they are giving up they really want. I think the whole point of this tradition is missed. Of course there is no real merit in giving up anything anyways it is meant as a way to help people prepare for Easter not as some contest for God.

Two examples I have seen in the past few days from either side.

One friend is giving something up but won't tell anyone. He seems to not feel it is important for anyone else to know what he is giving up. It is between him and God and he is using this to reflect not for glory.

Another person says they are giving up soda and fast food. Then goes on to mention that they will have nothing to eat now and what not in a very complaining matter.

First guy seems to be doing it for the right reason. It does not seem to be beneficial for the second person to give anything up. Will I be giving anything up probably not it is not really effective for me but I will be preparing nevertheless.