Praying For Tiger

On Friday afternoon, I sat watching football with family and reading the ESPN ticker reporting the details of Tiger Woods “minor accident”. With each passing hour, the details were more and more odd. That little alarm in my head was ringing that something just didn’t seem right. The truth is that no one except the Woods family knows what happened that night. Maybe we should leave it that way.

The tabloids are all over this story. Each time I launch Google Reader, there is another news feed with details. This morning, Tiger released a statement to respond to many of the allegations. After reading it, I am challenged to do the only thing we can do for Tiger….pray. I can quickly begin to make assumptions based on what I am reading about things I have no knowledge of. Yet the one thing I know is that I can pray for Tiger and his family. My prayer will be much like this song.

“Love is not a fight, but it’s something worth fighting for” -Warren Barfield

May God move and work in the marriage of Tiger Woods. May He bring restoration and healing to their home.

Scary Stuff

jerA few years ago I found myself on a trip and without a book to read. I picked up “Jerusalem Countdown” by John Hagee in the airport bookstore and began to read. This book was written in 2006 and I read it not long after it was released. This isn’t a book review. If I remember right, I already did one. If you want to know, it was a great book. Scary stuff, but a great book.

For some odd reason last night as I was drifting off to sleep, I remembered a quote from the book. I remembered thinking that when I read it, I thought it was probably pretty prophetic and true. Little did I know how accurate this really would be. Buckle up folks, this is some scary stuff.

From the Jerusalem Countdown, Page 108-109.

It’s obvious to the nations of the world what Russia and the Arabs are doing, and yet the Western world is doing absolutely nothing to stop them. Why won’t America respond? Let me venture to say that after America’s extended war in Iraq, the next administration will probably be Democratic and will withdraw from Iraq, vowing to stay out of the Middle East in the future.

America as a whole wants short, high-tech military campaigns with shock and awe that end in Washington DC with massive parades down Pennsylvania Avenue on national television, such as we had in Desert Storm. Long, drawn-out wars of attrition, as in Vietnam, will be part of our past – not our future. When America sees Russia and the Arabs going into Israel, it will be simply a war above and beyond its national will to respond. Russia and the Arab nations will form one of the most impressive military forces ever put together. As Ezekiel says, “It will cover the land”.

Like I said, last night, for some odd reason that just came to my mind. So much so that I went looking for the book and that quote this morning to make sure I remembered it correctly. As I said, this was written and I read it nearly 3 years ago. Then I logged on to the internet this morning and was greeted with this…

Obama to world: Don’t expect America to fix it all.

An Open Letter To Jon and Kate

Like the rest of the world, I watched the “Big Announcement” from Jon and Kate last night. I won’t go into the many feelings, objections and thoughts that I had regarding what was said and the decision that was made. I will let a song do it for me. Jon and Kate if you ever find your way to this blog, take 5 minutes and really hear the words to this song. Let them penetrate those parts of your hearts which have become hardened to your first love for one another. My prayers go out to Jon, Kate and that God would hold the “eight” near and dear. May he guard and protect their hearts at this time in all of their lives.

“And if we try to leave, may God send Angels to guard the door. Love is not a fight, but it is something worth fighting for.”

Memorial Day 2009

Never forget their sacrifice. This isn’t just a weekend with an extra day off. To those that have served, serve today and those that never made it back,  my sincere appreciation and my utmost respect. My family and I honor each of you this weekend.

Under The Chuppah

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The television show “Jon and Kate Plus Eight” entertains me. Even though we don’t have eight, there is something about watching parenting little children on a TV that captivates me. Plus, I just cannot begin to understand raising eight children. Then it happened. All of the headlines now are running this family through all sorts of scenarios. The latest People magazine states “We Might Split Up“. When I read that today, I was instantly reminded of a quote by Rob Bell from the book “Sex God“. He simply said, “There’s too many people under the chuppah“. The quote was referring to Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson and their reality show, but I think it applies.

Perhaps the kind-of-famous singer couple who became famous for being married never considered just what they were doing with those cameras. It probably sounded like an interesting idea that would make them lots of money. But many people ended up under the chuppah with them, and they paid for it.

Because when you give something away,  you no longer have it. When a couple shares with others what belongs to the two of them, they pay a price. The power and the mystery and, therefore, the strength of the bond come from the exclusivity. When a couple lets people too far in, when we have experienced what is theirs in some mystical way, they don’t have it anymore. They gave it away.

If you do this enough times over a long enough period of time, you’ll end up with nothing that’s yours and yours alone.

A marriage is between those two people, not us. It’s not ours, it’s theirs.

It is my hope that Jon and Kate will kindly ask all of the people to leave their chuppah so that they can focus on their marriage. People magazine isn’t going to fix it. The television channel TLC isn’t going to either. There are too many people under the chuppah and I’m not talking about the 8 children.