Just some quick notes. My son in law wrote a lovely blog about why he loves his wife, my daughter. It would be good for all of us to write and speak more about our husbands and wives. (www.joshgraves.blogspot.com)
I am back in Michigan. Louisiana was wonderful -- if you are referring to the people. The damage from Rita (I was on that side of the State) had to be seen to be believed. And even then... if I knew how to post some photos on my blog I would, but I'm no techie.
After preaching the three morning services tomorrow I will take my family out to lunch, come home, pack, and head out for Columbus where I'm teaching a short course at Ohio State University on Death and Dying. It is just a one day thing and then I should be back home in time for Valentine's Day. Friday, when most of the churches here in the eastern half of the nation, will be sending their kids to Winterfest in Gatlinburg, I'll be driving NORTH to Canada. I'm doing a youth rally in Meaford, Ontario. It is one of the larger youth events in Canada and is very important to them. They told me they had two and a half to three feet of new snow on the ground as of yesterday. Should be an interesting trip and quite a change from Louisiana. I speak on Friday and Saturday, preach Sunday morning and then drive back home (Lord willing). In perfect weather, and with no cranky customs and immigration people, that's a five to six hour drive.
Tomorrow we will be blessing our fourth team to head to the Gulf (three from the church and one from the college). They are leaving next week for Picayune, Mississippi. My sixteen year old son, Duncan, will be with them. He is spending his entire winter break down there helping to repair homes and haul trash. Hoo-ah!
My father returned home last night from Guyana. I haven't spoken with him yet, but hear that he is fine and that many were baptized and helped during his three weeks there. Thank you for your prayers.
Life is an adventure. And so it continues....