Thursday, October 30, 2014

Trust: Thought for Today

My childhood friend, Ken, who is in the midst of a challenging health season, sent me these words of inspiration:

Trust when your skies are darkening.
Trust when your light grows dim.
Trust when the shadows gather.
Trust and look to him.

And Ken's Thought for today:  
God acts through us in this world.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"The Empty Boat Slip"

("The Empty Boat Slip" -- if image doesn't display fully, click on image.)

In the words of my brother, BJ, with the Lady Melba fishing vessel now sold and gone from Dad's boat slip in the Harkers Island Refuge Harbor, "It's the end of the fishing (for seafood) heritage for the Willis family." 

But make no mistake about it, the Willis boys are still fishing -- fishing for lost souls. We will, with the Help of The Blessed Holy Spirit, continue to be "sons of a fisherman, and fishermen (and shepherds) for The Son."


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Boat Sold

(The Lady Melba is the boat in the center of image. If image doesn't display fully, click image.)

Yesterday, my Dad, Capt. Billy, sold his fishing boat, Lady Melba, to another family of fishermen on the other end of the county. Well, Dad say, "He basically gave it away!" :)

Either way, today, the Lady Melba, under the hand of her new pilot, will leave the Refuge Harbor near the Harkers Island Bridge, where she has been docked many years. The hearts of the Willis family are kind of tender, as you might imagine. 

Last night I arrived on the island from Virginia around 10 p.m. I stopped at the boat to reminisce for a while in the darkness around the docks. It was heart-wrenching. I guess having the fishing vessel a vital part of our family for 29 years and knowing it would no longer be a part of our coastal landscape got the best of me. I finally left for the home place. 

When I arrived Dad and Mom were in bed. I stood in the hallway for a while just staring at Dad asleep and I tried to imagine how emotionally hard his day had been. 

This morning I walked in his room and woke him up for a full day of chemo. He cried a little. Oh yeah, I guess I didn't tell you, Dad didn't know I had arrived in the night. It was a surprise visit.

After cooking him a French toast breakfast and sharing coffee and prayer together at the family table, Dad, Mom, and their eldest son have now arrived at the cancer clinic and are awaiting the challenges of another day. 

The day is off to a good start. Dad's humor is back. As we rolled him back to have blood drawn, we saw some mannequin heads displaying wigs. Dad asked the nurse, "Have you all started beheading people here?" :)


Monday, October 27, 2014

Still Wonderfully On My Mind...

Sunday morning I preached twice from Psalm 133, and some 36 hours later the inspiring passage written by King David is still wonderfully on my mind. Here it is:  

“A song by David for going up to worship.
1  See how good and pleasant it is
when brothers and sisters live together in harmony!
2  It is like fine, scented oil on the head,
running down the beard—down Aaron’s beard—running over the collar of his robes.
3  It is like dew on ⌊Mount⌋ Hermon,
dew which comes down on Zion’s mountains. That is where the LORD promised the blessing of eternal life.” (GWT)


Sunday, October 26, 2014

"... Enough Reason... to Worship God..."

The Beautiful Seasonal Artistry seen in Creation -- courtesy of our Awesome Creator God -- should be enough reason alone to overflow our hearts and minds with holy wonder and cause us to want to worship Him for forever. 

(If full image is not visible, click image.)


Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Prayer for Your Heart and Soul

I pray the Light of The Lord will flood your heart with Love during this colorful season. 

And may your soul be like a tree planted by the water. 

In the Name of Jesus. Amen.


Friday, October 24, 2014

"Ain't No Bird!"

"Ain't no bird 
gonna sing in my place.
As long as I'm alive
I'll glorify His Holy Name!"