Archives for : April2018

Spring is Nature

As I write this, April Fool’s Day is right around the corner…and no fooling:  in Minnesota we are getting more snow! By the time you read this, hopefully Spring will have arrived in Minnesota and everywhere.

I am reminded of Lewis Grizzard’s quote: Spring is nature’s way of reminding us that every day is worthy of celebration.

And…Doug Larson’s quote: Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.

Spring breathes new life into the world around us. Somehow it breathes new life within also. We are reminded that every day is a new day to: love, forgive, practice patience, and ask God’s help to see the good and goodness all around us.

God, teach me anew that regeneration is the seed which arises Every Day, and also in Spring.

Mary Zigan

Bursting With Pride

An important announcement from City Cousin, Mary Zigan:

I am bursting with pride and joy to introduce Adalynn Jane Griffin to our blog friends. It is so fun being a great grandma again, aka GG. And what an honor to receive this text from the proud parents: “We named her Jane [my middle name] to honor her wonderful Great Grandma.”

Thank you, Jenna & Jamie!
Baby girl Adalynn Jane Griffin was born March 2nd. She weighed in at 9.06 and is 21 inches long. Jamie Griffin, our frequent guest blogger on financial issues, and his wife Jenna are the proud parents.

Congratulations one and all!

A Returning Guest Reflects on Easter

Returning guest blogger, Rev. Edwin Hollen, reflects on Easter . . .  Easter has been called, and rightfully so, “the great getting up morning.”

The history of mankind from Adam onward has footprints all leading to the grave that brought hope to all mankind.  The observance of this happening brings out multitudes in response to life again after the tomb—those who do not darken a house of worship any other week of the year.  Jesus Christ makes the footprints out of the tomb in response to His words, “After three days I will live again.”

The following is not original with me, but it bears printing:

The question was asked, “What is the difference between raised from the dead and resurrection?”  Someone having died and brought back to life does so with the same physical structure and limited life, subject to all the ills passed onto our race.  Comparing this to experiencing what Christ talks about called resurrection to newness of life, when we receive Christ into our life, we inherit eternal God in our spirit.  When Christ was resurrected all who will be raised will receive God eternal in our body.  “This mortal will take on immortality.”

His example after the tomb was a body of flesh and bone flowing with life within, not limited as previously.  “We shall be like Him and so shall we ever be with Him.”  That is life, hope of the resurrection.  He first, and all believers later.