Today, Simba succumbed to her sickness and passed away.
Simba came to us around August of 1997 and was born in April of 1997. We got her from a family friend, Kimberly Cope and instantly fell in love with her when we saw her. She had a certain quality about her and we thought the name fit her coloring and her spirit. I used to have some old pictures of her laying on my chest as a really small baby. I will try to drum those up, but for now, you get from 2002 and on.
Here is my letter to Simba in death:
My Dearest Simba,
Thank you for coming into our lives and sharing your spirit with us and giving us love and comfort and more than anything, your generosity with your companionship. From the first moments of your life, you became imprinted on us and Cynthia and I knew that you were the one for us. From the playful sauntering around our apartment, to the 'hiding' of my wedding ring for several months, you have endeared your life to us.
I hope that we provide…
I love being a father. At the ripe age of 43, I find myself married and father to three of the greatest kids in the world; most of the time. My oldest is just under 16 and rules the roost as he is learning to drive and stretching his wings before he starts to take flight. My middle is as complex and full of joy and love that any new teenager can be and she brightens my day. My youngest, however, is adorable and every inch that his father is. Unfortunately that last bit is both good and bad. I am have an obnoxious streak in me and tend to live with a bit of a selfish side. I love to tinker and think through problems while asserting my mental dominance.
So, what is the meaning of this post? Well, it serves two purposes. It shows that our youth today are very keyed into the Internet and unfortunately believe what they have read as gospel truth. My youngest loves YouTube and enjoys watching videos on how people build things or make things. Paper airplanes are his thing now. A…
Today's reading deals with what will become a theme throughout the New Testament. In laymen terms, OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW.
Jesus preached quite often of not clinging to the Old Testament, but rather they should listen to his teachings and parables today as the new word, come to fulfill the old word. The reading of the day comes from Matthew 9:14-15 Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?" And Jesus said to them, "Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast" Can you imagine the difficult time in which Jesus was preaching and the utter turmoil the people were dealing with. Occupation by the Roman forces, corruption and hypocrisy by the Pharisees and priests of the period. What an opportunity to strike out and say, that was the old ways and…