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Take Comfort in Rituals!

This week a scary thing happened in our home-- just in time for Halloween-- Christy ran out of her coffee.  Let's just say she doesn't drink Sanka or whatever is on clearance at the grocery store.  So I ordered the coffee, which would take a few days to arrive.  The last two mornings I found myself playing the good husband, driving to Starbucks, hoping desperately that the coffee I should have ordered "rush" but mistakenly ordered on free shipping arrive soon.  Thankfully it made it here yesterday.

I am not a coffee person, so I don't get much of the comfort and rush feelings many people get from the stuff.  But Starbucks gets it-- and well.  They've built an empire not on the product itself, but the experience.  So as I drove through to order the grande vanilla latte extra hot, I noticed Starbucks' slogan for their special coffee for Fall-- you know, pumpkin spice, etc.-- "Take comfort in rituals."  And I blinked.  Comfort with co…

I am the Church. You are the Church. We are the Church Together!

Wow, it's been a full, emotional, wonderful week for me.  It began Monday with a call that Gene Fasnacht, a beloved member of PUMC who was fighting cancer, returned to the hospital.  I visited Gene that afternoon.  He knew his prospects for recovery were bleak.  But he was fine with that.  His faith gave him strength.  He was confident that this was not an ending, but a beginning.  Two days later I returned to the hospital.  Family and friends had been called in to spend time with Gene.  Believing his life was nearing its end, I asked him: "Are you afraid?"  He said, "Oh, no, no, no, no, no.  I believe the Lord will reward me for what I have done in this life."  I told him he was an inspiration to so many, how he faced his illness with grace and hope.  Gene died early yesterday morning.  There will be a viewing Sunday night and the funeral Monday afternoon, both at Turrentine/Jackson/Morrow Funeral Home in Frisco.
When I walked into Gene's hospi…