All posts in "Short Meditations"

    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 […]


                        So near and yet so far

                        By Dave Henning / June 10, 2013

                        ” . . . let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race set before us.”- Hebrews 12: 1 In the dark ages of track and field, when event distances were measured in impractical and antiquated units call yards, I ran the […]


                          A Memorable “Consolations” Prize

                          By Dave Henning / May 23, 2013

                          “When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul.”- Psalm 94:19 (NASB) The time- spring, 1939.  The place- Chicago, IL.  In my dad’s senior high school yearbook, the Harper Shield, he is photographed standing on a staircase (in suit and tie!) with his fellow “Booth Officials”- students who sold tickets to various […]

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