WORTHINGTON — Recovery is a good thing. Recovering from illness. Recovering lost files or goods. Recovering relationships that were strained. The road to recovery can be long, however, filled with bumps and relapses and unexpected strains. It can also be filled with celebration.
WORTHINGTON — Some people only dream of diving into a lake to save a stranger from drowning or leaping to the aid of a police officer as he deals with an unruly felon. Not only has Chad Nixon done both of those things, they’re just small parts of a life lived with an attitude of service each and every day.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — There are moments that change a person’s life. Moments that — for better or for worse — are unforgettable. Moments by which you gauge the calendar of your lives.
Throughout Lent, I’ve been writing about phrases which stand out to me in the Easter story. Truth be told, the entire crucifixion passage is rather stand-out. I mean, here’s Jesus, nailed to a couple beams of wood, still loving the people around him and forgiving them of their sins. Then, right after promising the thief paradise, the sky turns black. That’s right, for three hours, the sun turned off.
I mentioned last week that I will be doing a series during Lent, covering phrases which stand out to me in the Easter story. Last week we looked at Jesus’ declaration that he came to earth to be a servant, a statement he made towards the end of their celebration of the Passover meal. Right after that, Simon Peter swore that he was ready to follow Jesus to prison and even death, if need be.
The church I attend, First Covenant Church in Worthington, has embarked on a journey for the season of Lent — plus a few days more. Starting last week we began reading through the entire New Testament. We plan to be done Easter weekend. We meet weekly in small groups to discuss what we’ve read for the week, looking at questions that may have arisen, observations we may have had, even things that may have bothered us. It’s a pretty neat thing to be a part of.
As I look out my window at the lake these days it’s impossible not to think of one word in particular: rotten. The ice is rotten. It’s no longer structurally sound, no longer thick and strong and trustworthy. It’s no longer safe. “Rotten” is not a good adjective to have applied to well, anything, I’d say. No one wants a rotten apple. They spoil the whole barrel! No one wants a rotten tooth. It gives you pain and misery! No one wants a rotten tree trunk. It endangers everything around it!
WORTHINGTON — When Mark and Maria Thier envisioned Mark’s snowmobiling trip to West Yellowstone, they had in mind a fun few days of learning advanced skills, taking in some beautiful scenery, and enjoying a popular sport with friends. What Mark got was a trip to the hospital and a lingering health scare that he and his wife will never forget.
WORTHINGTON — While some high school kids may be eyeing their upcoming graduation as an opportunity to get away from small-town America, other high schoolers are eyeing small-town America as a place to get away to .
“ If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” If I say the things that a mother is supposed to say to her children, but don’t do it in love, I am no better than a blaring YouTube video.