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Cigars, A New Form of Breaking Bread.

I have a special place in my heart for the cigar community.  


No matter where I go to light up a cigar I always meet such interesting people and hear incredible stories. The best conversations I have are always around a cigar. It doesn't matter what town I'm in, how I'm dressed or what my profession is. I always meet nice people and have significant conversations with other people around cigars.


I could go on and on with one story after the next, but there's one story in particular that I want to share to illustrate why I feel how I do about the great community that is the Cigar Community.


Recently I had to travel to Indianapolis for a wedding. Upon my arrival at the church I saw a man walking back into the church shed, he looked like he had just got done with mowing the grass, and he had a cigar in his mouth. I thought, "Perfect, maybe he can tell me where I can pick up some cigars for me and my buddies to smoke that night." 


I followed him into the shed to ask …

I was Annoyed, but then I was Blessed

Interruptions,
Distractions,
It's one of those days.


When I don't get started ontime,
     It throws me off,
My head hurts,
     My heart beats faster,
     I feel tension growing within me.


Anxiety mounting,
      My breath is faster, more rapid, shorter.
I feel that pain in my head again, 
     It's sharp,
It's near the crown of my head, but
     Not totally.


Breathe,
      Slow,
        Calm,
          Relax,
            Sit,
              Stop,
                Listen.


Don't be thrown off.
Return again to me,
Inhale,
Let it out.

Loving God, we give you thanks for restoring us in your image and nourishing us with spiritual food in the sacrament of Christ's body and blood. Now send us forth a people, forgiven, healed, renewed; that we may proclaim your love to the world and continue in the risen life of Christ our Savior.  Amen.
I was thrown off, allowed myself to get annoyed with distractions, Then I came to you, And your restored me with spiritual food And blessed me with renewal.

Where's this light you speak of?

"The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him" (John 1:9-11). "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14 NIV 2011).


Can you imagine being in the presence of the "true light of the world" and not seeing it? Not recognizing? Not seeing it for what it really is? Can you imagine being in front of "the Word made flesh" and knowing who it really was you were with?


Mind boggling. 


Or is it? Do you see glory around you today? Maybe you have reminisced about some previous encounter only to realize how special it was after the fact. I feel like it's more common to know who special something was only after it has passed. The old cliche, "You don&…

All I know is, my coffee is warm (a short prayer).

Why do... I have anxiety? What is... Troubling me?
My coffee is Warm, You are to Be found, Awaiting, But here Still cloaked, But felt.
Lord Jesus I cry to you For I know that You hear every cry You are listening.