While we have been preparing and bracing ourselves for this storm for nearly a week, today we woke up to the images and reports of the unimaginable devastation from Hurricane Ian in Southwest Florida. It is unbelievable the damage and destruction this storm has caused. Many of us in South Florida have family and friends in the areas most affected and many of us even travel often to these places. This storm has hit close to home and we
Rain, Rain, Go Away How have you liked our daily rain cycle here in Miami? If you are not from here then you may not know that we have had afternoon storms every day for the past few weeks. I am sure the environment is loving the rain but it does seem to rain right around rush hour every afternoon which is not fun! In the scripture we are reading this week we come to the story where Jesus finds the
Leaning into Lib...and healing... Lib Carter was a member of our First Church Miami from birth and sang in the choir for 75 years. This past week we celebrated her life and legacy with her family, friends and church. The service was beautiful and hard. In so many ways the service was hard because Lib's passing also signified the passing of a very special generation in our church. The past few years I have done several funerals of Lib's friends.
Temptation! Have you ever been tempted? I'm sure we can all think of the daily encounters when we are tempted to indulge in extra sweets and not so healthy foods, drinks, etc. But there are also much deeper temptations. There are times when we've been tempted to gossip for the betterment of our own reputation. There are times we've wanted to give up on something that we really cared about. There are times we've wanted to take shortcuts even when we
Have you ever had a hard time believing in something? Chances are we all have at one time or another. Life has a way of throwing things at us and there are times when it may be hard to believe that things can change for the better. This summer has been one of those seasons for me. From being denied at annual conference to a flare up of my ulcerative colitis to getting COVID and everything in between, there have