The Empty Chair

The Empty Chair

The Empty Chair…

“The Empty Chair” sits vacant at every home this Christmas.
It sat there all alone in my house and it sits all alone in yours.
The difficult part about dealing with “The Empty Chair” is that it used to be filled…
Filled to overflowing perhaps…
Filled with sounds of laughter…
Filled with striking smiles and twinkling eyes…
Lips that curled a certain way right before busting out laughing and even crying…
Eyes that narrowed in keen observation, eyes that softened and moistened upon saying “good-bye”…
Eyes that lit up with a joy uncontainable upon seeing your face…

The Empty Chair used to be filled..
Filled with hands that you used to hold and stroke and hands that used to hold yours…
Hands that had wedding rings and diamond rings and mood rings and turquoise rings…
Hands that had dug in the dirt, changed the oil, baked the birthday cakes and
Hands that you just knew you would hold forever and ever…

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The Baby Changed Everything

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Overheard at the gym this morning while shaving…

A couple of guys saw a buddy they hadn’t seen in awhile…

Brad: Hey buddy! Haven’t seen you in awhile. Where have you been?

Missing Buddy: I moved back to Fresno, but still have most of my work here in Vegas.

Brad: Really. Wow. What caused the move?

Missing Buddy: Well… my girlfriend got pregnant. She didn’t have any friends or family here, so I did the right thing and moved her closer to family. Had to sell my bachelor pad and now I have a little condo I stay at when I am in town.

Brad: Dude…

Missing Buddy: Yeah… the baby changed everything!

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He’s On His Way

Hes on his way 3 Advent 2017Can you believe we are in the last thirty-one days of 2017?

Jesus is coming soon! He will be here before we know it!

Preparing for the coming of the Messiah, the Newborn King is one of the great traditions of the Presbyterian Church. It is not much different than preparing for a newborn baby coming into our family and into our home.

Prepare him room…

How fun it is to decorate the nursery and supply the room with the crib, the rocker, the changing table, and of course the stuffed animals.

What kind of room will I prepare for the Newborn King? The next twenty-five days will be chock full of activities – office parties, family gatherings, church services and functions. Where will we carve out the time to make room for Jesus? If we are not intentional about it, those great intentions will be lost in the wave of other activities.

Choose a Name…

When we found out Julie and I were having a baby girl, we had the best time trying to figure out what name would we grace this little girl with. We finally arrived with the name Faith!

The name of the Newborn King is Jesus, but He is also called – Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. What name will He be for you? Do you need an extra dose of “Peace” this Advent Season? Do you need something “Mighty” to happen? Choose a name!

Announcements…

When I was born I weighed in at 9 pounds and 10 ounces. I arrived as a toddler! These days, families send out baby announcements to extended family and friends with all the details of the latest arrival.

What would your announcement say to others about your Newborn King Jesus? Would you marvel at the size of His arms of love? Would you rave about the sound of his gracious voice? Would His eyes of tranquility mesmerize you?

Snuggling…

            The most important thing a newborn needs is touch! How fun it is to snuggle and smell the newness of life with a newborn baby. To feel the warmth of this bundle of joy against our chest is one of the best feelings in the world.

How about we do the same with Jesus this Christmas… Hold Him close… Squeeze Him up against your body and smell the richness of his unconditional love, grace and mercy. Is there any sweeter experience…?
I think not.

Laugh Often And Fear Not!
David!

www.daviddendy.com

Then it was me… #vegasstrong

Pray for Las Vegas

First, it was the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, but it wasn’t me, I don’t live in Oklahoma City…

Then, it was Columbine, but it wasn’t me, I don’t live in Denver…

Then it was the Twin Towers, but it wasn’t me, I don’t live in New York…

Then it was Virginia Tech, but it wasn’t me, I don’t live in Blacksburg, Virginia

Then it was Sandy Hook, but it wasn’t me, I don’t live in Connecticut…

Then it was Charleston, but it wasn’t me, I don’t live in South Carolina…

Then it was Paris, but it wasn’t me, I don’t live in France…

Then it was the Pulse Nightclub, but it wasn’t me, I don’t live in Orlando…

Then it was London, but it wasn’t me, I don’t live in England…

Then it was Las Vegas, but it wasn’t…
oh wait a second…
Then it was Las Vegas, and then it WAS me,
I live in Las Vegas…

#prayforvegas
#vegasstrong

Fear not!
David!

daviddendy@daviddendy.com

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey…
They’re calling you Harvey as you blow your breath up to 160 miles an hour. Your arms gather the seas and with one swing of your limbs you surge the sea six to twelve feet. You threatened to hit the shoreline with your “eye wall” for hours on end and then you did, obliterating everything in your path.

They’re calling you Harvey…
But you are a multi-personality monster…
I know you by the name of “Divorce”. Three times this week I talk with victims of your destruction as your storm surge have broken up marriages and families..
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Multiculturalism

Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world.
Red, brown, yellow, black and white,
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world…

“Do we not all have one father?
Has not one God created us?
Why do we deal treacherously
each against his brother so as
to profane the covenant of our fathers?” (Malachi 2: 10)

There is neither Jew nor Greek,
there is neither slave nor free,
there is no male and female,
for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3: 28)

We are all one in Christ Jesus…
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I can see clearly now… Well almost!

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Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

In the summer of 1986 I served as a Chaplain on the cardiology floor (11th floor) of the Baptist Hospital, now called Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

One of my responsibilities was to go room to room and check in on patients, see how they were doing, pray with them and their families and offer any other kind of spiritual counsel and support.

I entered one room and saw the patient sitting upright in his bed as he was flanked by two gentlemen, who happened to be family members.

I introduced myself as being one of the “Ministers” in the hospital and we engaged in some friendly conversation for about five minutes. After a slight pause in our dialogue, the patient looked at me quizzically and said, “You’re awfully young to be one of the “Administrators” of the hospital.” (I was 23 years old at the time!)

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The Queen B

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The Queen B sits on her throne, a rocking chair from Cracker Barrel.

Her reign covers towns with names like Gloucester, Mathews, West Point, Ware Neck, Gwynn Island, Urbanna, and Saluda.

Her reign reaches out to bodies of waters with names like Chesapeake, Rappahannock, Mobjack, and York.

From the Commonwealth of Virginia down to the Sunshine State called Florida, so has the train of her regal robe traveled.

The Queen B is married to King Doug, better known in the royal family as Senior.
The King’s thick Virginia accent is soothing to the ears as the phrase, “We are going about the house” would be pronounced, “We are going aboat the hoase.”

The royal family consists of two Princes and two Princesses, an equal balance of beauty, brawn, brains, love, and loyalty.

Prince Doug, commonly called Junior.
Princess Laura.
Prince David
Princess Ellen, the Baby Sis.

Three of the Royal Children share the Queen B and King Doug’s full DNA genealogy, with Prince David only sharing the Queen B’s genes as a traveling Court Jester made his way through the kingdom during the difficult Civil War of 1962-1963. With Prince David’s striking resemblance, the family has teased the Queen B that perhaps the traveling Court Jester was actually the King of Rock N Roll in disguise…

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