28 Years of Being the Reverend

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28 Years of Being the Reverend

Twenty-eight years ago on this day, August 28, 1988 in the presence of family and friends at the Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church in Augusta, Georgia, with the Reverend Dr. G. Daniel McCall preaching, I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America as a Minister of Word and Sacrament.

I have been known as the Reverend David W. Dendy for the last 28 years…

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The Valley and the Mountain Top

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I love Thursdays!!
It’s that time again for Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

I was serving a church in Augusta, Georgia (they have a nice little golf tournament there every year), and I went away for a week for a conference.
Upon my return, one of the wisest elderly ladies I have ever met, Mrs. Berry asked me how the conference went.

I went into detail the people I met, the objectives of the course, the joy of “getting away” and the overall satisfaction of a fulfilling conference.
I concluded my comments with Mrs. Berry with this statement.
“It was a mountain top experience…”

The pregnant pause, the smile on Mrs. Berry’s wrinkled face slowly stretching from ear to ear and the twinkle in her eighty plus year old eyes piercing my very heart brought my soul and mind to a quick stop.

The follow up was hearing her sweet southern accent drawl out this next statement which has stuck like tar to my heart for the last twenty-five years.
“David… just remember… nothing ever grows on the mountain top… Everything always and only grows in the valley…”

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The Smile of Love

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Our family had the complete privilege and joy of spending ten days together on a much anticipated Hawaiian vacation on the island of Maui. Our family was celebrating two  2016 mileposts – Julie turning a half a century and our fifteenth wedding anniversary!

Two days after our arrival the Dendy family arrived at slip #55 at the harbor to embark on a snorkeling adventure on the “Maui Magic.” We bounded on to the boat around 7:30 in the morning full of anticipation. Fresh fruit and muffins found their way on to my plate before the boat launched. My typical gregarious self was in full motion in meeting the awesome crew and other passengers. After getting our instructions and making sure the other forty passengers were safely on board, off we went to the island of Molokini!

About halfway to Molokini, my wife Julie asked for me to look for something underneath my seat. I bent my head over to look and quickly realized I would not be able to fulfill her request.

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Spicy

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Is it true “Variety is the Spice of Life?”

I love change.
Change can be a great motivator.

I love the spicy variety life brings day in and day out.
Spice it up is what I say!!

Consider this…
A lady came in to my office years ago and here was her plight…
“Every time I pull into the driveway, my stomach turns  topsy turvy.
I never know what I am coming home to…
Some days my husband is as sweet as candy.
Other days he is as sour as a lemon.

Some days he’s drunk, fast asleep.

Others, he is in full “let’s get it done” mode.
How sad it is, I prefer the days he’s drunk fast asleep.

Some days he’s verbally and physically abusive.

Other days, my arrival is met with complete silence.

David, I would love to know what I am coming home to each and every day…

Doesn’t sound like “variety” is adding the right kind of spices to this lady’s life.

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Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye

Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

Next time you read Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David it will be August!
Here we are on the cusp of a new month as we say goodbye to July.

How do you say, “Goodbye?”

Are you good at saying, “goodbye?”
Some people are…
Some people aren’t…

Sometimes we have to say goodbye long before we wish.

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Who is God?

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I hope your Thursday morning is off to an incredible start.

The thought of the day is more of a question to get your thoughts…

Who is God?

As you might be able to imagine, as a Pastor, I have had the privilege of running into all sorts of answers to this question over the years in my ministry.

I would love to know your “Thursday’s Thoughts” on this topic…

Who is God?

Feel free to send your replies to:

David@seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

Have a fantabulous day!

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

The Chain

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Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

The Chain

When was the last time you went to the circus?
Was it a three ringer?
Barnum and Bailey?
Clowns?
Lions, tigers and bears? Oh my!
Tent with a center pole?Have you ever noticed the elephants?
These beautiful creatures stand so tall, with such pride as their ears flap and their trunks trumpet!

Weighing anywhere from 6,000 to 13,000 pounds, their mere presence dwarfs all those who dare to draw near.

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What are you preaching?

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What are you preaching?

(Let the mental percolation begin…Tune of Jeopardy now playing in the background)

I am not talking about preaching from the standpoint of speaking before a congregation in a church setting.
I am not even talking about publicly proclaiming or teaching a religious or spiritual belief.

What I am talking about is:
What truths…
What practices…
What beliefs…
What traditions…
What type of culture..
Do you proclaim each and every day
through word,
through deed,
through action,
and through practice?

There’s a famous quote wrongly attributed to St. Francis of Assisi which says this…

Preach the Gospel, use words if necessary.

It’s a great quote and certainly something for us to take to heart.

I don’t know about you.
I barely know about me…
But…
I have to use words “a lot!”

I use words to share the “why” and the “who” behind my:
words…
practices…
beliefs…
traditions…
and culture.

My ultimate hope is to make my words and my practices align perfectly together as I preach
Love…
Mercy…
Grace…
Service…
Humility…
Jesus…
Forgiveness…
Care…
And the list could go on and on…

All this brings me back to the original question…

What are you preaching these days?

Have a great day and weekend ahead…

Preach on!

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

David@seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

The Average of Five

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THURSDAY’S THOUGHTS FROM PASTOR DAVID

The Average of Five

Here is a few wonderful questions to ponder as you mosey into the weekend…

Who are you?
Who are your friends?
Who are your traveling companions on this road of life?

Have you ever heard of this “rule” called “The Average of Five?”

It goes like this…

“We are the average of our five closest friends.”

Basically the rule of The Average of Five is stating we become like the people we associate with the most.
Once again, my question for you and me is:
Who are you hanging out with the most these days?
Are you truly the average of the five closest people to you?

Is that a good look for you?
Is it a bad look for you?
Is it somewhere in between?

How does your presence in “The Average of Five” influence those around you?
How does the presence of your “Five” closest friends influence you?

We are all on this road of life.
Who are your traveling companions?

I almost laughed out loud with this Good News Translation of Proverbs 13: 20… The Bible many times simply says what needs to be said straight out…

Keep company with the wise and you will become wise. If you make friends with stupid people, you will be ruined.

The English Standard Version of the same verse states it a little more gently…

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

Either way, you get the point.

Let’s choose our “Five” carefully, prayerfully and thoughtfully…

I have a feeling if we all had God as one of our “Five”, our average would go way up!!

The Apostle Paul offers these words in making our “average” increase on our marvelous journey of life.

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”
(Romans 12: 1-2 The Message)

See you out on the Road!

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

David@seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

Ft. Pierce

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Ft. Pierce, Florida is a quaint little town on the east coast of the Sunshine State with beautiful beaches. I should know…

I was born in Ft. Pierce, Florida.
Ft. Pierce, Florida was my home for the first nineteen months of my life.
My dad met my mom in Ft. Pierce, Florida at the “McCrory Five and Dime” store, which my dad owned.
My mom and dad were married in Ft. Pierce on November 8, 1958.
I was the first baby baptized at the new church development, which my parents helped found called the Indian River Presbyterian Church.
I have been asked all my life where I was born and rare was the occasion when I did not have to explain where Ft. Pierce is located. (“Just ten miles south of Vero Beach… You know…Dodgertown!”)

All that has changed now…
Now, everyone in the world knows about Ft. Pierce, Florida.
Now, I have to share my aforementioned history and affection of Ft. Pierce with the one who shot enough people dead to be the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States.

Forty-nine hearts, forty-nine families have been pierced by a man from Ft. Pierce.
Not to mention the wounded, the survivors and those of us whose hearts have also been pierced by the horror of this nonsensical tragedy.

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…

Upon hearing the news of the shooting at The Pulse in Orlando and the carnage found therein, my mind and heart immediately went to the historic hymn,
This is my Father’s World.

It’s always the third verse where my heart is riveted upon…

This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heav’n be one.

Echoed through my spirit are those words, “though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.”

Furthermore, “Jesus who died shall be satisfied and earth and Heav’n be one” sticks like crazy glue to my mind.

The Orlando Shooting is wrong on every level.
God is still the ruler on every level.

The prophet Isaiah wrote six hundred years before Jesus appeared on the scene these words…

“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”

Because Jesus was pierced, his loving pulse came to a crushing halt.
Through His resurrection his pounding pulse of love proclaimed victory!

In Orlando, The Pulse was pierced by an individual from Ft. Pierce.
If we can become united as “One” in our prayers, in our outrage of such horror, in our reaching out in love to all our brothers and sisters, no matter ours or their orientation, race or creed… The Pulse, although pierced will keep beating new life for generations to come. Perhaps then and only then can we proclaim victory as the last three lines of verse three are fulfilled…

This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heav’n be one.

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…
Laugh often, Cry aloud for those mourning and Fear not!
David!

David@seeinggodatworkeveryday.com