Little Crosses

When driving through Frankenmuth, Michigan, I’m

always intrigued with the many simple little crosses

I see in the front yards of the homes we pass by.

Those crosses are a statement of support for the

Frankenmuth’s Christian foundation.

Two years ago an atheist living there complained

about two crosses on a bridge in town. He

requested that they be removed, and so the town

removed them.

Then he decided that since he was so successful

with that, the city shield should also be changed

since it had on it, along with other symbols, a

heart with a cross inside signifying the city’s

Lutheran beginnings.

At that point, the residents decided they had had

enough. Hundreds of residents made their

opinions known by placing small crosses in their

front yards.

Seeing this quiet but powerful statement from

the community, the man removed his complaint.

Those simple crosses remain in those front yards

today.

 

 

 

In The Blink Of An Eye, Life Will Never Be The Same

From a friend:

The precious 3-year old had a cold, which was nothing out of the ordinary for her. Seemed to be doing better, but then was awake all last night. Mom rocked her and gave her juice and then around 5 AM Mom noticed that Alice’s breathing was off. She and her husband were getting ready to take her to the hospital when she stopped breathing and went limp in Mom’s arms. She was gone when the ambulance got there.

On one hand, it’s so extraordinary that she lived for three years, as most trisomy 18 babies don’t live to be born, and of those who are live births the vast majority don’t live past a few days or weeks. On the other hand, I cannot imagine loving and bonding with a child who you know is dying, and having them with you for three years. They just spent last week in Ocean City. It seems so horribly cruel. The poor little thing struggled every day of her life. She was never able to speak, sit up, crawl……. developmentally she was stuck at two months old. Compared to what Mom and Dad have been through and are feeling right now, any pain in my life seems to pale in comparison

Mid Life Celebration.com?

What is Mid Life Celebration.com?

It’s my primary site, for sharing the amazing joy we can feel, and the privilege we all have, for being alive.

It’s pretty cool. Seriously, what else did you expect me to say? It’s fun to write about this mid-life gift of life.

But don’t take my word for it. www.MidLifeCelebration.com

Make it a GREAT day, because if you don’t, who will? Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂

Until further notice….

Until further notice, celebrate everything!

Happy Spring everyone.

Spring is nature’s way of signaling that dormancy is over and “let the season of growth begin“.

Let nature inspire you this week, because if it doesn’t, what will?

Make it a great day. I promise to not let the pressures of the world weigh too heavily on my weak shoulders. I promise to be thankful for all my blessings. And, until further notice, I promise to celebrate everything!

Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂

Surrender?

How often do I pray?

How often do you?

For me, as crazy as this may sound, it’s like breathing. It works best when I pray without ceasing.

When I pray “all the time”.

Constantly.

And when I don’t do this, my (spiritual) health suffers.

Last night I prayed for wisdom on a challenging decision I will need to make very soon.

All I could think about was surrendering the choice to God.

Dear Heavenly Father, I surrender. Please bless me with your wisdom and guidance. And please also bless me with your Grace, Mercy and Never-ending Love.

And, Lord, please do this for all my family, all my friends, and especially all those people less fortunate. Amen.

To you, Lord, all Honor and Glory. Use me. I surrender.

May the Peace that surpasses all understanding be with you every minute of this glorious day.

Carpe diem, jeff 🙂