Mid Afternoon Meditation 3-9-18


Let not those who seek You be confounded because of me, O God of Israel.
Because for Your sake I have borne reproach;
Shame has covered my face.
I have become a stranger to my brothers,
And an alien to my mother’s children;
Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up,
And the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me. Psalm 69:6-9

Have you ever had to give up a close relationship for the Lord? Describe that experience.


I have been listening to the music of Dear Evan Hanson over the last few days. Several of the songs really resonate with me.”You Will Be Found” is one of those.


Jeannie Mayo, one of our nation’s foremost youth pastors gave a prophetic warning at a youth conference I attended almost a decade back. She stated that as a church and as a culture we must begin remembering and loving our “question mark kids”…the kids on the fringes…the kids left alone by society. She pointed out that almost all of the school shooters to that point had come from the fringes of school society. They were not popular. They were not loved. They were often bullied. They felt given up on and had given up on themselves. She warned that the subgroup called “question mark kids” was growing and that if we did not begin to love them, then the violence we had seen to that point was a drop in the bucket.

 Truer words I guess were never spoken. We seem as a culture to be missing the proverbial forest for the trees here. I guess it’s easier to blame guns than ourselves for what has happened in our country. I guess it’s more convenient to think this is a problem for Capitol Hill to solve rather than to think this is a problem our community, our church, our families need to do something about. I am pretty sure nothing is changing on Capitol Hill anytime soon where the issues of school violence are concerned. This is our job folks. We are a dot in the snowstorm called life. The question mark kids can’t find us. We must find them!

All these thoughts inspired this poem called “Blanks”.


By JE Lillie




One dot says

“I’m here for you.”

Somewhere in the vast

Snowstorm called life someone

Waits for me and promises love.

But the blizzard obscures my sight.

I can’t find that dot. Hope turns to hate.

Hate turns to madness. Madness begets

Violence. It stirs a plan.

I write it down, practice.

Someone help me

Please! While I’m




Of Time and Eternity



The space

Between breaths.

The expanse lives-

Ceases by its touch.

It has its day and night,

Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn.

Moon and stars by their orbits tell

The story. It’s a passing thing, but

They also speak of something more.

Endless life and light are there

In a clockless realm.

Change changes change.


Is no



Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Structure

This week Cee has asked us to share in her Black & White Challenge by displaying PHOTOS OF STRUCTURE

Here are my Black & White Structures



All of the above are concrete structures. Now here are some structures that aren’t quite so concrete. The foundation of each of these is the strongest foundation of all…love.


Brothers and sisters


The structure of prayer


Built around a song


The structure of pride in a job well done.

Share Your World Feb. 19, 2018


I am actually pretty close to on time this week with my SHARE YOU WORLD POST, which has to be some sort of anomaly that just may run the risk of ripping the fabric of the space/time continuum. So for those adversely affected by any such event allow me to apologize in advance.

Here are Cee’s Sharing questions and my answers. For those new to this challenge you can click on the underlined link above and find out all about Share Your World!


How do you like your eggs?

I love my eggs over medium with cheese on top. With a side of homefries mixed with onions, corned beef hash and a nice strong cup of coffee!

Have you ever met anyone famous?

I guess that depends on what you mean by famous and then again it depends on what you mean by the word “met”.

Since my circle is the church world I have met many “famous ministers and missionaries”. That is to say I have been in the same room with people like: Billy Graham ( I went to one of his evangelism trainings); John Maxwell (he autographed a book); Sarah Blackstone (whose parents were the first Western missionaries into Japan after Hiroshima and Nagasaki and who has given her whole life to the Japanese people);  Even my sister is becoming pretty well known in her little corner of the world.

She also works with these guys.

I had dinner and promoted a concert for these guys…

Then our church has hosted Sam Farina who is actually pretty famous as a life coach throughout the world.

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What was the first thing you bought with your own money?

Candy and a milk shake. I started working as a paper boy when I was nine.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

My son proposed to his girlfriend this week!

Share Your World February 12, 2018


Every week Cee, Of Ceenphotography, asks the world 5 questions. A bunch of us answer them and in doing so SHARE OUR WORLDS. You can join in the fun by clicking on that underlined link.

Here are this week’s questions and my answers:

Are you a practical jokester?

I am not a practical jokester. The more impractical a joke is the more I like it. 🙂

Who cuts your hair?  You, a friend, or professional.

I have my hair cut by Jodi at Barbers Beyond Dawn.

Did you have a stuffed animal when you were a kid, if so what kind?

I did. I had a big stuffed teddy bear and a giant lion.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I found out that my daughter is going to have girl and I am going to be a grandfather! I have decided I want to be called Oz. 🙂