Month: July 2012

The Carousel and Christ

The Carousel and Christ

The Carousel and ChristChrist’s abundant life

The tension between the carousel and Christ and His abundant life will always be my focal memory of the fair. When I see a carousel at a park or in a store parking lot, both happy and struggling memories of the fair instantly return, most are carefree and happy. A few of my memories birthed out of a struggling young boy trying to be a man or at least an older boy. Because of Christ, the real differences were in me, not in the fair. In our area of the country, the fair happens once a year and every year it has roughly the same rides, games, rodeo competition, animals, and food. The fair did not change; what I did and who I was because of the fair changed.

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The Carousel and Christ

The Source of Strength and Direction

The Source of Strength and Direction

From Ol’ Red to Christ

We all have had to learn lessons about our source of strength and direction, and for me it was the source of strength and direction in my day to day adventure, especially as it had to do with what or who; for example, moving my source of strength and direction from Ol’ Red to Christ. The last time I talked about Ol’ Red, I shared how he was not just a token horse; Ol’ Red was a working horse and a reliable friend. I remember one day when Dad asked me to move the cows from the lower to the upper pasture. I hated the lower pasture, especially when it comes to moving the cattle. But since I was already down there I figured I could do it myself.

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