All posts in "Short Meditations"

    Groundhog Day- all over again!

    By Dave Henning / January 27, 2014

    “I’ll give you a winter prediction.  It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be grey, and it’s gonna last for the rest of your life.” -Meteorologist Phil Connors, Groundhog Day (1993) “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” […]


      For All the Marbles

      By Dave Henning / January 9, 2014

      “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.  Submit yourselves therefore to God.” -James 4: 6 Long before the advent of Madden Football, my best friend Cliff and I perfected our own hands-on version.  Usually played on the synthetic turf of Cliff’s living room carpet, each marble football team consisted on a quarterback […]


        Do you hear what I hear?

        By Dave Henning / December 19, 2013

        “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” -Matthew 11: 29-30 The sun has not yet risen upon Christmas Day, 1957.  I awaken and probe my way through […]


          Weekends with Mickey

          By Dave Henning / November 25, 2013

          “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and grace to help in time of need.” -Hebrews 4: 16 I have a step tiger cat named Mickey.  Mickey lives right next door in the condo building with his parents Leslie and Mike.  When Leslie and Mike […]


            Steadfast love and faithfulness

            By Dave Henning / November 4, 2013

            “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.  Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” -Psalm 121: 2-4 When my mother Elinor was a student at North Division High School (Milwaukee, WI) in the […]


              Lonely, but not alone

              By Dave Henning / October 22, 2013

              “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4: 19 It’s Easter Sunday, sometime in the mid-1970s.  My Wisconsin and Illinois relatives have gathered for a festive noon meal at my parents’ home in Evergreen Park, IL.  Grandma Henning sits on my immediate right.  She places […]


                Pain Management: A Tale of Two Dentists

                By Dave Henning / October 1, 2013

                “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.  Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”-Hebrews 12: 11 Growing up in the 1960’s, the only part of each semi-annual dental checkup I looked forward to was the Lavoris mouthwash rinse that signaled the […]


                  Lessons from a Cattleya

                  By Dave Henning / September 10, 2013

                  “A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction.” -Proverbs 16: 23 Two years ago I purchased a Cattleya (pronounced kat-lee-uh or kat-lay-uh) at an orchid show presented at the Mitchell Park Domes in Milwaukee.  A Cattleya, unlike the typical orchids found in grocery story plant departments, consists of pseudobulbs with green, […]


                    Letting the ball play you

                    By Dave Henning / August 27, 2013

                    “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” -Isaiah 26: 3 The twilight weather was gray, gloomy, and damp- not ideal for a competitive practice game preceding the start of my first Little League season.  Wearing number 13 on the back of my white and green Pirates […]


                      Time to disengage?

                      By Dave Henning / August 12, 2013

                      “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world and yet lose or forfeit his very self?” -Luke ( 25 (NIV) In the fall of 1965 I completed the first grading period of my freshman year at Luther High School South in Chicago.  Report cards (actually “books” that spanned all 4 years) […]


                        Trust without borders

                        By Dave Henning / July 23, 2013

                        “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and when you pass through the rivers they will not sweep over you.”- Isaiah 43: 2 In summertime the Great Snowball Wars of the 1960’s were a faded, frozen memory, replaced by the more genteel and gentrified sport of croquet- played mostly on the […]


                          Promise you’ll think about it

                          By Dave Henning / July 1, 2013

                          Two days before her death at age 87, worn from her battle with large and small cell lymphoma, my mother Elinor made a conscious decision to have her feeding tube removed.  When I arrived at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital to visit her, Mom’s nurse took me out in the hallway and implored me to ask […]

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