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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Approaching Mother’s Day 2017

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Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

Alert! Alert! Alert!!
This is the Thursday before Mother’s Day!!!
You still have time to shop…

Mother’s Day is an interesting day.
Typically, it is the third highest attended Church service outside of Christmas Eve and Easter.
I could talk about that for days!

Forgive my digression…
Mother’s Day is an interesting day.
Wrapped in this day is the full gamut of emotions.

Where do you find yourself on this emotional roller coaster as Mother’s Day Sunday, May 14th approaches?

Your Mom is still alive and the two of you have incredible relationship and you cannot wait to celebrate her role and her love in your life.

Your Mom has passed away, perhaps this is the first Mother’s Day without her, and the two of you had the most incredible relationship and although Mother’s Day will be bittersweet, the overwhelming emotion is one of gratitude and love.
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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 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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What are you preaching?

Preaching

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

Words

Keep Calm and Use your words

Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

Once again Thursday is upon us and I am struck today by the concept of “words”…

As my good friend Jeff Patterson always says, “Words have meaning…”

I have been struck as of late how often words have offensive meaning.

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“25 Days of Christmas” Now Available on Amazon

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Merry Christmas!!

I am pleased to announce the publishing of “25 Days of Christmas” – A 100 word daily devotional, counting down the days until the birth of the Newborn King!

Below is the brief description found on the Amazon website…

Christmas is the most special time of the year!
Anticipation, thoughtful preparation and joyful expectation all play a role in having a better understanding of the Christmas story.

“25 Days of Christmas” offers a unique look at unpacking the Christmas story. Author and Pastor David Dendy took on the challenge of using only one hundred words per day in this twenty-five day devotional adventure in diving into the depths of the biblical Christmas story.

Get ready to be challenged and inspired in this thought provoking daily devotional discipline that will offer the reader an opportunity to prepare fully for the arrival of the newborn King!

It is available in Kindle ($2.99) or Paperback $5.50).
http://www.amazon.com/25-Days-Christmas-David-Dendy-ebook/dp/B019SF2CWQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1451252325&sr=8-2&keywords=david+dendy
Thank you for your continued support and may you see God in magnificent and meaningful ways in the New Year of our Lord 2016!

Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

David@seeinggodatworkeveryday.com
www.daviddendy.com