Saturday, December 04, 2004

A better kind of board meeting

Riding past a local shopping complex, the gulls were gathering on top of the roof of a shopping complex. They were quite orderly and in line-patient for the business at hand. Only if modern organizations could have such unity and accomplishment. I have no clue what business that they must be discussing-but it may have to do with their survival; as to which yard has the best fish deal or the best place to take a vacation.
When birds get the word out on an excellent source of fish, they come flocking. My Dad and I once caught many fish off the Maine Coast. After showing them off to Mom, we decided to leave them on the front lawn. what a mistake. We had the local town of gulls make a visit and a ruckus. Only then did a neighboring cat, Marybelle, chase them off never to return again.
Other board meetings that have affected our family are of the local woodchuck association. After a couple of peaceful years of our Fairfield Garden experience, the woodchucks heard and smelled our excellent vegetable garden. No matter what we did we could not get those woodchucks out and eventually they became our guests to enjoy the food. Yet, these meetings were held in secret and no way could we know when they would make their unfriendly visits.
Oh the birds can enjoy their meeting since it does not affect me nor my family and friends. Just good to see some friendly interaction of the "natives"

Friday, November 26, 2004


One phrase that I particularly like is faithwindows since we have to in life take a look at various parts of life without knowing totally what it is to come in the future which requires the spirit to guide us. The spirit has been represented through the metaphor of a breath. It can be a challenge to live this way since we never know what the future will hold for us. But through the exchange of air through our bodies, it allows the organs to process it and help us to survive and live better lives.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

A new beginning

Beginnings are always difficult in life. Whether it is beginning with a new habit or with a new tradition, challenges do abound. Life presents its challenges to us and can be a good ground to be challenged on. Let the ground that we are upon be fertile and able to be tilled to bring about a fruitfulness in life.

Monday, October 04, 2004

Charting ones course

Walking along a wooded path is a lot of fun. Hearing the crunch of the leaves in the forest and smelling the scent of the fall air in the forest is invigorating. The path is very uneven and can be a challenge to travel along it with its unevenness and a rough terrain. Usually, not much of a vista can be seen in a forest since the path in front is far ahead and much can be tough to see.
Many literary references reflect on the path. There is the path not taken or the path referrred to Robert Frost's poetry. and Jesus mentions much about the paths we take in life.
The narrow path in scripture is almost like that of walking in a forest where one has to be careful in how he walks. Branches can be in the way and the bogs in the forest can make it squishy walking, too. But following a good well trampled path that leads to a great view is an outstanding way to spend an afternoon in Maine=coming to a clearing in the forest and seeing the expanse of the beach in front of you after 10 minutes in the woods.

The earth dances

Much of indian mythology and tradition centers around the superstitions of the earth. Imagine an early indian experiencing the kind of catastrophic events that we are currently experiencing with the hurricanes in Florida, the eruptions of Mount St. Helens and the flooding in other parts of the world. It would be unsettling to him as he would not have a scientific basis on which to base it. But his culture has adapted the dance as a way to explain the rythym of what is going on.
The culture of the indian is very colorful wherever one goes. As they use the dyes of plants in their artwork, they appreciate the land of which they are from. It has been a struggle to make a decent living but I appreciate the hard work that they do. I am sure that if an indian was to face the type of weather events that our people on earth have experienced, the artwork would have reflected it well.
Let the rythymn of the earth continue on.

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Remembering Sept. 11th.

The month of September was going along in the ordinary pace of life. I went to a casual barbeque with some good church friends on the 8th of September in Seymour for a fun filled afternoon with meat on the grill and a fun time catching up on our lives. Fun to see my friend's two dogs and being able to fellowship amongst the cows in her home.
Never did I imagine when I awoke for the journey to Milford that the world would be changed forever. My world changed forever that summer morning. After going through an ordinary routine in the office of sorting the reports for the morning and settling down for the preparation of credits, a news flash came on the radio that day that a plane crashed into a New York City office tower. At first, I thought how could that be possible since that never happened before in America. I thought that it may have been a small commuter plane that lost its bearings. Then I realized the magnitude when more planes began to crash and to hear of the carnage. Workers paused and stopped to listen in disbelief and our drivers and salesmen called in to tell of the happenings in the city.
Announcements that morning into the afternoon focused on N.Y.C. and the bravery.
I knew my cousin worked in the city but did not know where. Then I later found out that Bruce worked in the towers on the 51st floor. By God's grace, his company made it out alive but was covered with soot and ash. He had to make the long commute across the bridge to his apartment, but he was welcomed home to the arms of his wife.
Out of those ashes, new lives emerge as my cousin and his wife, Laura were able to start a family and life continues to go on.
But the images back then captivated the spirit of America where all tried to help out however they could. I was a distant part of it seeing it from a distance 60 miles away via television and radio. But the spirit and pulse of this nation brought it much closer to God. If we could only be aware of the presense of His spirit in these times. But tragedy looked at from the view of the survivor is not the same as the perspective of the view from those whose lives were transformed on that sunny morning of September 11th, 2001.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

The First of the Year

Many firsts are happening at this time of year. My niece started kindergarten. It is neat to see how excited kids can be at the beginning of a new school year as they venture out on new projects in music and art.
My local church just started up its own preschool program which will provide many children similar joys of beginning to learn how to interact with peers their own age.
From my side of life, the mall in milford, Ct is beginning its major expansion that resulted in a rerouting of the bus stop. Just a different pitter patter of footsteps in the morning. A local grocery store is being mega sized this fall.
A nice thing about change is that it will create a different landscape and a new sense of awareness. I like the comfortable stable pattern to life, but the buds of the springtime have to emerge to become leaves. So , we must adapt to our environments to become all that we can become!!!

Saturday, August 07, 2004

my 21st High school reunion

I am heading off to my 21st year high school reunion from 1983. It does not seem possible that over 25 years ago, I started my high schoool adventure, but it will be good to reconnect with old friends and see how their lives have changed. I will probably not recognize some of them since it has been 11 years since I last saw some of them, but it will be good anyway.
The night at Riverview Manor in Norwalk was good-being able to see my old classmates and see how they have changed over the years. It is kind of hard to see how people change with one or two sound bytes, but it connects me to the past. There was 1980's music playing along with the favorite slide show of the students at the time. Definitely a different era back then when I was a teenager. But it was good to go back momentarily anyway.

Sunday, August 01, 2004

In the Corner

In one of our fellowship discussions at church, we talked on how loneliness and isolation can affect our lives. It is important to be connected to each other and to have meaningful relationships in our lives. That way we will be on the straight and narrow path that Christ talks about during his life on earth and we will make the right decisions for ourselves.
Loneliness is an easy emotion that can pop up when we least expect it. It can even occur after being with a group of people for an entire day. The withdrawal from people can sometimes be intense, but our leaning upon God is critical, especially since He states "My yoke is easy and my burden is light." That then is the secret of how we can overcome the loneliness and be connected to each other as Jesus states, "you are the branches and I am the vine."
Now that is an effective way to live, but it is often hard to live out.

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Looking back upon History

       As I have been given the opportunity to read chronologically through the Bible this year, I am at the point in the scriptures where God is portraying His plan to His people ahead of time.  Many times, it can be confusing as to the exact meaning of the prophecy, but it is exciting and challenging to find how the verses spoken and taught during church relate to the actual history of that time.   The scriptures also explain the politics and economics and history of the time which is what I actually enjoyed as I studied my history, philosophy and economics during my junior year at Fairfield University.

A Christmas Holiday

      The snow has covered the long, windy country roads of Maine during the winter.  The snow clings to the trees and the snow glistens along the coastal shore.  The roads along the coast are primitive in nature since they get much abuse from the barrage of winter weather against them.
An assortment of potholes always crops up against them during the following summer.
         One particular winter holiday was lots of fun since my parents decorated the trees outside the house by the ocean and my mom bought excellent christmas cookies that were full of almond and were sprinkled with colorful designs.

Saturday, July 17, 2004

Cheetahs dance

     Cheetahs are powerful animals and imagine being able to dance with one of them in the middle of a circus ring surrounded by many witnesses.  It might be a little difficult to catch up with them and also their power and might could scare anyone away.
       In life, it feels good to be surrounded by powerful examples in nature of God's strength and to be able to imagine interacting with them.  In life, we are all faced with challenges that can daunting at times.  But just imagining a dance with one of these creatures can minimize the size of the problems we face. 
       In the Old Testament, David was faced with a fight against Goliath, a Philistine, and he overcame the giant twice his size with a sling shot and stone.    
       So, we can all face the giants of the world with simple objects combined with an imagination or respect to their beauty and might.

Sunday, July 11, 2004


A visiting pastor gave our message today since our pastor is on vacation this week. It was on encouragement. Encouragement can be seen as an oil that helps grease the wheels of our life.
Just as a locomotive has many wheels that are connected to each other by levers and pulleys which guide the train, the local church can be a place where we can be encouragers that allow people to minister to each other and the world to move it to its designated destination.
During the sunday morning discussion that I am guiding in Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for the Highest, one of his themes is that we need to aim higher in our lives to be on God's level. One of our participants stressed that we need the one anothers from scripture that will allow our lives to function smoothly and move the train of our lives forward. In the above illustration, the pastor is the local shepherd or engineer that knows all about the train and what it needs to do its work smoothly and efficiently.

Saturday, July 10, 2004

The landing

After anyone experiences feeling a little inclimate weather, it feels good to emerge with a little more rest and some peace. It always felt the same way after a major Noreaster storm in Maine in the summer when the winds would come from the northwest and blow away any fog and leave the skies of Maine with a clarity that could only be described while being present.
Similar sites are the Northern lights. and a similar song of Josh Groban " I can only imagine" is where he explains what he thinks he will feel when he faces Jesus Christ on the other side of life in Heaven.
Facing storms in life is important to grow our character. But it always takes hopeful anticipation toward the future not knowing when relief from the storms will occur but like every day, we are given a promised new sunrise to begin again.

Monday, July 05, 2004


Rest can be taken for granted sometimes. Especially since I don't like to slow down and say no to some things. But taking that time out to just rest and relax can do wonders and begin a healing process and a chance to gain a new perspective on things. That is why the seasons of fall and winter give the natural world a chance to rest also.

Sunday, July 04, 2004

the fourth of July

As I relect on this fourth of July, our nation is taking bold steps in announcing that freedom will reign again. Just as the nation was founded admist revolutions and battles during the 18th century, our nation faces the same challenges during the 21st century as lower Manhattan rebuilds the World Trade Center to the freedom towers. Challenges also exist as we work with the other nations such as Iraq in helping them establish more peaceful causes.
May peace continue to resound in our nation so that in the freedom we enjoy, we can become the best people that God intennds us to become.

Friday, June 18, 2004

Being a part of Royalty

Imagine sitting alone in a room far from the King's territory and being summoned to be a part of his family forever. This is what happened in Israel's history when Jonathan died and left his son, Mephibosheth, alone.
King David inquired of his servant, Ziba, if there was anyone that he could show kindness to . Ziba said there was Mephibosheth. Then arrangements were made to bring Mephibosheth to the King's house and made him part of the table where Mephibosheth ate with the King's household for the rest of his life.
This story illustrates acceptance by King David of someone less fortunate than himself and for the loyalty that he had since he was a close friend of Jonathan.
God does the same thing for us in that He adopted us into His family giving us a place of permanance and significance.
David also had the land of Saul restored from which the daily provisions of life would be cultivated from. Just as Psalm 23:1, the Lord is my shepherd;I shall not want. He prepares a table before the presence of his enemies.
This is exactly how as men we are to be with others=allowing ourselves to be strengthened by one another with the famous expression "iron sharpens iron." This is best done by accepting others with their limitations and incorporating them into the lives of others. Then we will become a fully mature family.

Sunday, May 30, 2004

Growing up

The Eagle has landed. Out comes E.T. and off goes his ship-left stranded in a foreign land-away from his familiar friends and faces. Throughout his stay on this foreign planet, Earth, he befriends Elliot who accepts him and makes him part of his family.
One Summer in Maine, all is calm and the waves are splashing gently against the rocky coast as they have for many years. Birds fly overhead on their nightly journey home, lobstermen head home for the night and the sun has begun to set. This paradise in Maine was enjoyed by me for many years providing a welcome relief from the hectic school years that I faced back in Fairfield.
I liked the predictable rhythm of the tides and coastal activity as Maine accepted me for who I was as a teenager and adult.

Growing up as a child had its challenges as I can attest to. When I was born, 1/4 of my brain failed to develop properly. This caused me to have a rocky start at life. What came naturally to most of you like walking, talking and eating had to be painfully learned and adapted to over the years. But with the faithful intervention of my parents by my side and with numerous therapists and friends, I emerged into the world a little more confident of my place in it.
Traveling this road was a new one to my family during the 1960's where research and treatment programs for delayed development were not in place. But my doctors and therapists and parents worked to develop new ground by training the rest of my brain to do what I lacked at birth.
I began my education at Human Resources School in Long Island which was headed up by a pioneer, Henry Viscardi, who was handicapped himself and knew firsthand the challenges facing the handicapped.
After 8 years there, we moved to Fairfield, CT where my public schooling began. Crossing over the small slate step in the back of Osborn Hill school was a new time of challenge. Having left the cocoon of Long Island and facing the world of normal people who watched everything I did and said caused many days of turmoil and challenge for me. But the challenge of learning how to deal with this new environment brought me more courage to live out the tough tides and storms of this life.
In Psalm 139:13-14, King David wrote, "For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. In 2Corinthians 4:7, the apostle Paul states, "for we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. God has demonstrated this to me by the circumstances that He brought into my life and the way my friends and family have supported me throughout.

The scriptures have much to say of how the old testament people such as Mephibosheth who was the son of Jonathan whom King David showed mercy toward as seen in 2Samuel 4:4 and 2Samuel 9:1-12. King David granted Mephibosheth a treasured place at his table and accepted him for who he was and not for what he was not.
Another example is that of Moses. God came to him in the form of a burning bush and asked him to speak on behalf of Him. Moses felt incapable of accepting this assignment because of his limitation in speech as stated in Exodus 4:10.

In the New Testament, the apostle Paul says in 1Corinthians 2:3, "I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and preaching are not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom but on God's power. Throughout the apostle Paul's life, he suffered from a thorn in his flesh. This brought humility to him and demonstrates the sufficiency of grace in our lives during our times of need.
He faced times of trial especially when he was shipwrecked and also became imprisoned for his faith. These times taught the apostle Paul to rely on God and not himself. As a result, Paul wrote many epistles encouraging future believers to stand firm in their faith and their lives.
Acceptance by others is an important lesson that I learned from my high school coach, Michael Abraham, who appointed me the team manager for the Andrew Warde Eagles basketball teams. I learned how to relate to the players and the other teams as I learned the various aspects of running a team. It provided the opportunity for team spirit while being near the action of the close games.

Throughout my life, I have been surrounded by many everyday people who have risen above their challenges. One of them is my friend, Gary Davis, who is a client of the Kennedy Center. When I met him, he was living at a group home with 5 other residents. As I got to know him, I saw there was a lot of love within him and potential to his life. When he graduated from the home where I saw him grow toward independence, God gave me an opportunity to invite him to our church to become part of our family there. The lessons learned from watching him take on greater independence in working within the Milford community apart from the Kennedy Center workshop and to his ability to interact and be friends to us at church is a real life example of God's love and acceptance at work.
Another friend of mine that comes to mind is Tim Dailey who was a blind student at Fairfield University that I had the privilege of helping with his school work. He never let the shortcoming of sight stop him in his pursuit for life and the love of God.
In America, three individuals who faced challenges, rose above them and made a profound impact in our society. FDR contracted polio and was unable to walk. Yet, he was able to lead our country through WWII with a determination and grit as he comforted the nation with words and wisdom to unify our nation.
Helen Keller was born blind and learned to make the connection to the world through the help of Anne Sullivan, her teacher, helping her to make the connection between the running of water to the actual word being signed into her palm. Thus, bridges were built into her life that helped to give her world new meaning and perspective. A final example is Joni Ericson Tada who was an ordinary teenager living in California until a diving accident changed her life forever. Her courage to overcome the tough times of rehabilitation and rise above the circumstances of her handicap earn her a badge of courage in my book. She has reached out to numerous handicapped people throughout her world to bring the good news of Christ to them.
In conclusion, these examples of heroes in my life and in the world have shown me how much God can do. Paul states it best when he says in Ephesians 3:20-"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine for the power that is within us."
E.T. finally joins his ship and is taken back to his home. Just in the same way, God will be taking us home someday for He so loves us. The tide of time and life continues on.

Saturday, May 22, 2004

On the wings of Victory

It is the beginning of a summer morning in Maine. The breeze in the air has just begun to blow. The sounds in the air are of new born chicks that just have been born to two neighboring sea birds.
These birds are fascinating to watch as the mother begins to feed them and all I really see are little heads peeping out as they gather their nourishment. Their voices become stronger through the days and eventually take the soaring plunge into the brave new world. They start to soar and through each flight of wings, they become independent.
Yet, their loss can be felt as they leave the small world of the porch and yet, that is what we all do as children, leaving the nest to help build other nests in life.

Friday, May 21, 2004

my first entry

I have found through life that parents are very important people to give their kids the ability to get going in life especially when they have trouble getting going themselves. Early in my life, I had some hurdles to overcome especially through handicaps. The first being neurological which caused me to not have the instinctual and innate ability to do what comes so naturally for others such as walking and talking. But through the persistent efforts of my parents and my cooperation, I began to take hold of the world and begin to conquer it.
My hope through these entries is to provide hope to those who need it to know that life is possible no matter what limitations one is dealt with in the beginning. and to be a blessing to others. Scott R. Davis