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Shining Moments

It’s pretty amazing, I heard her say as she told the story.

Early Wednesday morning we woke up to a blanket of heavy snow

on the ground.

Branches bent low with snow

and I decided to shovel the walks in a few minutes.

But then I heard a sound.

Scraping. Scraping. Metal on cement.

What’s that? I asked.

Our neighbor, you know…the man way down at the end

he’s shoveling everyone’s sidewalks.

Yes, that’s exactly what he did.

One after another

including the walk up to everyone’s house.

Pretty amazing.

In a world that so often thinks only of itself

it is refreshing to see another indication

that there are still people

that look out on life

and see what they can do to make a difference. Shining Moments 

This humble man

who quietly slipped back into his house when he was done,

set the bar high for others.

 “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

And I love these words—

1 John 3:18    Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

My life

being broken for others.

Visions come to mind of Another

broken bread and poured out wine.

Giving with no thought of receiving back.

Love in action

on ordinary days when no one is even looking.

Open my eyes, Lord,

and help me to see what I can do today.

Let’s move into our world one step at a time

living out the Message of hope and love.

Will you join me?



Shining Moments

Although I have considered from time to time

     discontinuing this blog

   I long to give you a glimpse today of someone who knew what it was to live

       within the shining moments

        brightly creating thousands of moments for others.

Yes, Emily Ann Black was a one of a kind.

Our relationship began more than 20 years ago when she wrote me

    Having seen an article of mine published in Decision Magazine.

I wrote back

    somewhat amused that she lived in Fredonia

         the community where I had gone to college.

Her letters kept coming

    filled with encouragement and little bits of news.

She bubbled about her quiet life

    talked about the colored leaves falling on those old slate sidewalks

    that I used to walk back and forth to class.

She was interested in people

   and I became one more for her to care about.

She had never read a book or a blog about living a satisfied life

  or how to develop a life of purpose, peace and passion.

No, she didn’t need to.

Emily Ann was a lover

   of her Lord and

     all her family and friends.

She gave herself away in so many ways.

A note here

   A phone call there

     Always interested in what I was doing.

 She did not preach it

   she practiced the art of living

  one day at a time.

Then a few years ago her health began to decline.

I heard the pain in her voice when we’d talk

   but she never complained.

Always thankful.

But I knew that fall was turning to winter.

She continued to remember birthdays

   mine, my daughters and even asked about my dog Savanna

 and even though our lives were separated by many miles

   and we had never met

 she was such a very special friend.

So when I discovered early this morning that she was gone

 my heart drooped with sadness and grief.

My life will be different without her.

But then I think of all those many shining moments we shared.

The sound of her sweet voice on my answering machine.

The curve of her handwriting on each note she sent.

The joyous laughter and sweet friendship over the years

 I realize that she lived out

   life at its best. She discovered it.

Yes, she was a shining example of a life well lived.

She not only experienced many shining moments wherever she went

   but she created them for others.


do you long for a life that shines with brightness?

do you long to really make a difference in others lives?

Don’t wait another day. Contact me.

You can not only experience shining moments but you can learn the art of living them.

It can’t get any better than that.



Shining Moments

She was only seventeen at the time. But to me at seven she walked on water.

Every Sunday she was there to teach my Sunday school class and oh how I loved it.

Using flannel graph lessons and music she brought the Bible stories alive.

Jonah and the whale.

Moses and the Ten Commandments.

The walls of Jericho crashing down.

Her face would light up with excitement as she spoke about Jesus and His Power to wash away all our sins and change our lives from the inside out.

My heart would beat fast as I was drawn to this life of faith and purpose

    as I was moved to give my life completely to Him

It was a marvelous but very short time in my life

   For all too soon this special, brown-haired, smiling young teacher left

 and I was sad.

She moved away to go on to college to prepare to be a missionary nurse.

I wrote her for awhile but then we moved and I lost track.

     Later heard she went to Africa as a nurse.

  Touching many lives, healing many hurts

Yes, it’s been more than fifty years since those days but the memory of her still shines brightly.

Don’t you want to be like that for others?

That years after you leave, they remember you with fondness as being a person

Of character and purpose

One who is committed to the Call of serving Jesus Christ wholeheartedly.

No, it wasn’t her clothes

     Or the way she fixed her hair  (I can’t even remember that)

It wasn’t the games she played with us

     Or the jokes she shared…or the snacks we ate.

No, it was her simple love for Jesus that spoke volumes to me as a child.

Being a person who leaves a heartprint in others’ lives

Being one who leaves a fragrance wherever you go.

Join me, won’t you, in shining brightly wherever you are.

You in your small corner….

         And I in mine.

Have a great day!