May 22 2012

Joplin: A Year Later

You might hear this saying…it’s in some songs you hear on K-LOVE.

He Turns Beauty of Ashes…

It’s from the bible… “for those who grieve…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. (Isaiah 61:3)

Man I can’t think of a better vision of how that is true today, then Joplin, MO. 

Today is the year anniversary of the devastating tornadoes there.  That destroyed the buildings and homes and schools and hospitals in that town, but not their spirit. 

Saw some before and after pictures of Joplin today.

Whole neighbors wiped out…and now rebuilt, stronger.  Literally beauty out of the ashes.

It’s true he can make you new.  That verse from Isaiah continues and says,

They (those that were grieving) will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.  (Isaiah 61:3)

That is Joplin today.  Made new.

Today’s encouraging word:  Psalm 143:11. 

It’s really a cry out to God…that he will answer

O LORD, revive me. In Your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble.

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May 22 2012

1,650 Walks with Dad

Too often, you hear about when Dad’s drop the ball.  I saw a story about a Dad doing a great job, that I had to share with you. 

He understands the value of time.

He got this idea, instead of rushing through the car pool line every morning he would take his daughter, Laura’s, hand, on the first day of Kindergarten, and walked her to school. 

They walked seven blocks, past a nature preserve, and over a drawbridge.  He tells her stories, and they play little games on the way.

It’s become such a tradition now that even some of Laura’s friends join them on their adventures. 

It’s been an unbroken tradition for ten years.  Last Friday was the 1,650th walk to school.    She graduated.

Way to go Dad.

By the way, her Dad, best selling author Frank McKinney. 

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