Friday, February 25, 2011

A tribute to Ken Diehm . . .

Church Staff member and friend, Melissia Mason, has written a wonderful tribute to Ken Diehm.

Click on Melissia's blog to read it here.

I appreciate you, Melissia!!!

God's grace amazez me . . . ><>

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Goodbye my friend and ministry partner . . . Dr. Ken Diehm

My friend and ministry partner these almost 6 years, Dr. Ken Diehm, passed away suddenly on Saturday evening, February 19th, 2011, from a brain bleed complicated by undiagnosed leukemia.

As a clergy collegue in another nearby community said to me, "if you told me a pastor of our conference in his 50's would die this year, Ken would not have even been on the list."

I am in shock. Our church is in shock. All of our staff members are bravely working to get us through the memorial service on Saturday, and then through 6 worship services on Sunday. However, our batteries / energy levels are almost if not exhausted.

I cannot begin to write one single tribute to Ken. I think I will be writing for some time about him as part of my grieving process.

Church member and friend, Steve Isbell, took this picture of Ken a couple of years ago, on a group bike ride in the Fredericksburg, TX area. There is Ken, leading the group, as it prepares to come to a distant bend in the road. We followed Ken around several distant bends, and up and down some mountains as well. This picture is how I will probably remember Ken best.

I was taught that in times of trials and tribulations, I should always count my blessings. One of them is this: for almost 6 years I had the distinct privilege of working for and with the "best" there was.

Honest. With all due respect to all my clergy collegues at some great churches in our area . . . Ken Diehm was the best. The total package.

I will miss him.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign . . . .

In the attempt to find the perfect song title, I often take pictures of signs when I am traveling, especially when I go into gift and antique shops.

This little sign caught my eye. I think some talented song writer out there could put this to a tune! Add a line about a pick up truck and a mom, and you got a song about hard living blues.

Music and God's grace still amaze me . . . ><>

Daryl Hall singing "Wait for Me" . . .

I have always been drawn to perfomances by musical artists who find themselves in the sweetest of all moments . . . when it is just them with an instrument and an audience.

I am an old Hall and Oates fan . . . and this 1995 "slow" version of "Wait For Me" is just something special.

Music and God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Los Lobos Band . . .

It's an icy, snowy, very cold day . . . and I am home writing Lenten devotionals and re-stringing my Martin 12 string guitar for a TME (Theraputic Music Entertainment) program I am doing at a local nursing home tomorrow.

I had to take a break . . . and thought it would be good to here the Los Lobos Band.

Enjoy! I sure as heck did.