God’s love

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God’s love is deeply personal. 

God’s love is not a concept. It’s not something that is true in a general way for everybody. God’s love is specific and it is specific toward you and me individually.

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What you think about what someone else thinks

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Chandler is all over aliens, meteorites, and UFO sightings, so you can understand how some of the sites we passed while driving through Arizona, Colorado and especially New Mexico might interest him. Roswell was not on our way driving to our destination in Colorado, but it might very well be on our way back. However, Meteor Crater was on our way — only 6 miles off the interstate — so we made the stop and enjoyed the comprehensive exhibit that has been created around this cataclysmic event thousands of years ago when a mass of iron and nickel estimated to be 150 feet across and weighing several hundred thousand tons slammed into the earth near where Winslow, Arizona is now traveling at 26,000 miles hour and hitting the ground with an explosive force greater than 20 million tons of TNT. 

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Memories and milestones

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Hi, and welcome to the “John Wayne Room” of the Canyon Lodge Motel in Seligman, Arizona, “Birthplace of Route 66,” the “Mother Road” of America. Seligman (population 456) is representative of the many small towns that dot this portion of the Southwest along what used to be the only main thoroughfare between Chicago and Los Angeles. “Get your kicks on route 66.” 

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Something about that name …

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“I think, therefore I am.” Descartes

Given that I am setting out on a road trip this morning with Chandler to Colorado to look into some possibilities for his future, I was short on time to write the Catch this morning, but I found this Catch from seven years ago that seems appropriate for reprint today. I also look forward to writing you from various points on our journey. Like tonight, when we’ll be in Seligman, a little town in Arizona that celebrates being along the original Route 66.  

I ran into Chandler the other day at the Koffee Klatch — the local coffee hangout in town where I often go to write. Only this wasn’t our Chandler; it was another Chandler; actually the only other Chandler I’ve met since we named our son 22 years ago. I’ve always been surprised at that. Chandler is such a great name. Actually it came from his older brother and sister who named him by combining parts of their names (Christopher and Anne: Chandler).

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What’s good about it?

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I met a Millennial art teacher yesterday and he pretty much confirmed everything we know and love about Millennials … and art.

Yesterday I did online church from the Laguna Sawdust Festival, an art fair that goes on every summer here in Laguna Beach. It fit right in because the topic I had already decided on was about finding good in the world, and what better place to find good but in an art show? Beauty and truth was everywhere. 

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Am I one of the few?

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Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7:13-14

I’m not quite ready to leave this thought about the small gate and narrow road that leads to life and the few that find it. Does that mean that only a few people are going to be saved? I’m not so sure about that because visions of heaven in the scriptures have pictures of multitudes as represented there. Nor could it mean a small, exclusive club of true believers. It can’t mean that only a few people will be good enough for heaven. This, of course, was what the Pharisees thought, which Jesus roundly condemned. It’s really closer to the opposite of that — that those who get in are those who know they are not good enough for heaven — those who will be shocked, those who will think a mistake has been made and somebody’s going to find out and kick them out.

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Small gate; narrow road

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Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7:13-14

Many people say today they’ve been born again

Many people call Him “Lord” and say He is their friend

Thousands watch the preacher smiling on their TV screens

But when I hear the words of Jesus, I wonder what it means

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Vin Scully 1927-2022

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“Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good evening to you wherever you may be. It’s time for Dodger baseball!” Anyone who’s had any connection to southern California knows that the lyrical voice behind those words would be none other than Vin Scully, voice of the Dodgers for 67 years. Scully has passed away at 94, and it seems all of Los Angeles is in mourning. 

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