All posts in "Short Meditations"

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 […]


We’re in good hands with . . . Jesus!

By Dave Henning / May 7, 2013

It’s late fall, 1965.  My  mother Elinor is standing at the kitchen stove, preparing dinner.  Her persistent cough is not getting any better.  She voices how poorly she’s been feeling.  Concerned that whatever she has is contagious, mom takes many precautions to ensure that dad and I stay well.  Around January mom receives her diagnosis […]


I Will Sing

By Dave Henning / April 16, 2013

When my cousin Paul Dahlke and I were around 20 years old, our families gathered for an Easter Sunday dinner at my parents’ home.  Following the meal, Paul and I decided to shoot baskets at a playground court a block away.  We had just started shooting when two strangers arrived.  Convinced that Paul and I were […]

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