Until 2009

I am going to be out of town until the new year.  I suppose it’s possible that I may be able to post, but I’m not counting on it.  So if I don’t see you until the new year, God’s blessings to you and have a happy new year!

-DMR

A Prayer for Time

Heavenly Father,

All of life is in your hands, and you order all things in a wonderful way so that your divine work may be done when and where you please it.  Give me the time that you would have so that I may accomplish what you would have me do, to your glory and to the welfare of my neighbor.  Forgive me for the time that I squander, and help me to realize that all of life is a gift from you.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

-DMR

[FWIW, I started this post in August.  That gives you some idea of how time flies…]

A Prayer for Time

Heavenly Father,

All of life is in your hands, and you order all things in a wonderful way so that your divine work may be done when and where you please it.  Give me the time that you would have so that I may accomplish what you would have me do, to your glory and to the welfare of my neighbor.  Forgive me for the time that I squander, and help me to realize that all of life is a gift from you.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

-DMR

[FWIW, I started this post in August.  That gives you some idea of how time flies…]

A Prayer for Time

Heavenly Father,

All of life is in your hands, and you order all things in a wonderful way so that your divine work may be done when and where you please it.  Give me the time that you would have so that I may accomplish what you would have me do, to your glory and to the welfare of my neighbor.  Forgive me for the time that I squander, and help me to realize that all of life is a gift from you.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

-DMR

[FWIW, I started this post in August.  That gives you some idea of how time flies…]

Why be sad?

Rev. Greg Alms over at Incarnatus Est has a thought provoking post on the English carol, On Christmas Night:  It’s Here

Why should men on earth be so sad?

One paragraph in particular is worth repeating:

God gives us Christmas and like feasts of the church year not only to learn the doctrines and the messages but to sing, to feel and know the joy that comes with losing oneself in the lifting up of one’s voice.

The carol itself is of course true.  Our sadness, be it seasonal, mourning over sin and loss, or clinical, is a result of sin ultimately.  The problem for those of us who suffer from clinical depression is that our Lord’s birth does not instantly remove the blight up our heart and mind.  Our Lord’s birth will remove all sickness, sorrow and disease.  We are at the beginning of that great and mighty work of HIs.  But we have not seen its conclusion at the Last Day.  So until then, we wait.  We wait as prisoners who know they will be set free.  We wait and hope.

May our Lord’s return come quickly, and deliver us from this vale of tears.

-DMR

20,000 and counting

Today we reached 20,000 hits over the past 11 months.  In the global scale of the massive blogs that are out there with thousands of hits a day, that’s not very much.  But for this pastor, it is a testament that maybe our church body will start to wake up to the real suffering of her pastors (and others), and begin to examine how we view the ministry in the light of mental illness.

There have been a few blogs that have started up since this one’s inception that I am also very thankful for.  I’m not going to try and list them.  You can find them on the blogroll on the side of the site.  But it is a great hting to realize that none of us are ever alone in our trials.

Thanks for your thoughts, prayers, conversations, and support.  I hope that this site continues to serve as a beacon of hope to the suffering and hurting.

-DMR

20,000 and counting

Today we reached 20,000 hits over the past 11 months.  In the global scale of the massive blogs that are out there with thousands of hits a day, that’s not very much.  But for this pastor, it is a testament that maybe our church body will start to wake up to the real suffering of her pastors (and others), and begin to examine how we view the ministry in the light of mental illness.

There have been a few blogs that have started up since this one’s inception that I am also very thankful for.  I’m not going to try and list them.  You can find them on the blogroll on the side of the site.  But it is a great hting to realize that none of us are ever alone in our trials.

Thanks for your thoughts, prayers, conversations, and support.  I hope that this site continues to serve as a beacon of hope to the suffering and hurting.

-DMR

Always on my mind….

Been real busy lately.  I know I have a few emails to reply to and other things.  This is kind of a nutso time of year for pastors.  But know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers, as we long for the coming of our Savior.  I’ve got a few things to talk about, but they will have to wait for a bit right now.

-DMR