Happy Veterans Day!

Happy Veterans Day!

I am sitting at the kitchen counter pecking away on my iPad. Most everybody is still asleep. All except Casey our resident energizer bunny who is up long before daylight starts to make an appearance.

He’s had cereal and I am on my second cup of coffee. And contemplating an apple for a good healthy breakfast.

I am kind of taking the day off. Kind off, because there is always something that needs to be done, some lead to follow or chase, some contact to be made. I plan on seeing two people today.

Both old friends, one owns a funeral home and may have something I can do part time or otherwise. I am not sure how I feel about that. If I never saw the inside of another funeral home again, I suspect I could die content. On the other hand… It might be a good opportunity and a ministry of sorts to boot. As the great and wise theologian otherwise known as my wife, Becki, said last night, this may be where God is leading me…

I used to say God had an amazing sense of humor. My proofs were the fact that men and women, husbands and wives are so vastly different and yet God expects us to live in peace and harmony. The other proof was a giraffe–God was having fun when He made them. The third proof, if born out, might just be the idea of me working in a funeral home.

The other meeting is with a friend who owns a bunch of restaurants. We are meeting originally to talk about co-opting one to use for a Saturday pancake breakfast to benefit the local Robotics Team. I suspect the conversation will go in other directions if for no other reason than this will be the first time together outside of a chance meeting at the gym in well over 30 years.

Blah, blah, blah…

All this is about as exciting as watching tea bags steep, I am sure. But, this is my world and I am glad to share it with you.

Life takes you in some strange and weird directions. Part of me is terrified of ever having a full-time preaching ministry again, while part of me at the same time wishes it could be so. I was the kind of preacher who under normal circumstances had his preaching schedule lined up a year in advance–and weekly sermons were always finished and ready by the end of Tuesday.

I like structure and order.
I like knowing my direction and having a pretty good idea of what is coming next.
I like, no a better word is crave… I crave stability.

Cobbling together a hodgepodge of businesses, jobs, and ministry is not something I could have remotely imagined.

But we persevere. It is what we do.
That and waiting…

I have been deprived of peace; I have forgotten what prosperity is. So I say, “My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the Lord.” I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord ’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. (Lamentations 3:17-26 NIV)

Thanks for reading and waiting with me,

Les Ferguson, Jr.

11 thoughts on “Happy Veterans Day!

  1. Hi Les
    I was always a stickler for making a plan well ahead of time & sticking to it. I didn’t like change because I liked the security of knowing what each day would entail. However, after 21 years of marriage, raising 3 kids and divorcing, I realized that the old adage is true. Change IS the only constant.
    Even after the kids were grown and gone, I still rarely had a day that went as planned. In fact, it had become quite rare, and it was like I’d been banging my head against a wall for 30 years!! Talk about a persistent cuss!!
    Finally, one day I prayed for God to help me embrace change, even seek it. Every since then, I have sincerely enjoyed all the changes He sends me daily. Every time a client postpones a job, something happens within the family or with friends that I am able to attend or help with. Sometimes I really need a day off and decide to move a job myself. Every time I do, it ends up that’s exactly what my client needed but didn’t want to ask. It just seems like the minute I became thankful for change, it became such a blessing.

    • Thanks! I am not afraid of change. But so many of the changes have been very painful–and the ongoing pain while waiting on some new needed changes is so very difficult. But I am waiting, some days patiently, most days not.

  2. Les, Waiting is one of the hardest things to do — I connected so much with what you wrote.

    The Scripture you used has helped me through many, many sleepless nights and times when only tears would fall. Hang in there — really, really hang in there. There is sunshine ahead and it’s bright and warm and beautiful!

  3. Though I’ve not walked your path, I did preach 30 years and my wife taught school in Alabama, Florida, and California for almost 30 years. Today we work with our son in a family owned funeral home (we are not a part of the ownership though it is in our family name) and are opening our own (separate from the mortuary) crematory in which we are part owners. Neither of us would have ever thought we’d be in this ministry … but what a ministry it has been. If you go that route, I hope it is a family owned mortuary and not one of the corporate ones. There are some wonderful people working in the corporate homes, but the bottom line (I’ve worked for them) is always $$$. Someone has to make the dollars to pay the CEO his millions, benefits, and retirement and that task falls on the local funeral director. Families be damned.

  4. I can identify with the loss of stability & prosperity. My husband gave up his job & has moved us 5 times since my babies died – his way of dealing with it. I *hope* we have turned a corner now but I feel that I have lost my peace too and can never just “rest” & assume life will be easy again. I wish I could make sense of it, to understand how any of it glorifies God or works out according to His purpose.

  5. Thank-you 🙂 well that’s it really in a nutshell. Had been a faithful homeschooling mum for 10 years, waited 7 years for another baby then 3 years ago conceived twins but they developed twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome and did not survive. Since then, life has been a relentless rollercoaster of pain & my faith has taken a beating. I’m still at the “why me” stage after 3 years which feels a little bit pathetic!

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