That’s His Story, This Is His Hope

He had a headache, not bad, just one Tylenol bad.  It didn’t stop, so he took two and went to bed.  He felt funny the next morning, but did his regular thing.  That afternoon he had another headache and grabbed a bottle of Ibuprofen and took 4.  He still didn’t feel very well and thought he was coming down with something.

The next morning, he still felt strange, but went to work anyway.  About 2:00 PM he had Continue reading That’s His Story, This Is His Hope

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Maybe It Runs In Their Family

A co-worker came and stood in my doorway and started talking, fast, really, really fast. This lady is excellent at her job and has a good sense of humor.  She is normally somewhat reserved and by all accounts is a highly ethical, together and classy person.  She was going office to office handing out a pile of new phone books.  Normally, she is NOT a morning person and certainly not a big talker early in the morning. In fact, she usually has an invisible wall around her until about 9:30 AM when the glaze disappears from her eyes after having a cup of coffee or two.

She was wearing glasses, which I’d never seen her wear before except to read.  As she talked in NASCAR Jimmy Johnson speed, she asked, “Do you wanna a new phone book?”

I was about to answer, but she started talking at 70 mph and gathered speed.  “I don’t know why they print so many of these phone books because I have three different ones Continue reading Maybe It Runs In Their Family

Don’t Fall Asleep

We were in the Garden of Gethsemane in Israel.  It’s at the bottom of the Mt. of Olives where Jesus went to pray with three of His disciples, and in a way, where His death really began.  The stress was so overwhelming that Jesus experienced Hematidrosis, a medical condition where tremendous stress bursts tiny capillaries in the face and mixes with sweat, and thus, He sweat as it were great drops of blood.

Jesus already knew what was about to happen.  After all,  He was God, yet a man in flesh. He knew what He was about to do….and how it would feel.  He knew the physical, emotional and spiritual battles He was about to face.  Most of us can’t even look at our arm when we get a shot, but Jesus knew exactly how intense His pain would be down to the last beat of his heart. Continue reading Don’t Fall Asleep

His New Life in Retirement

Ten thirty sharp he was up front. This was the last thing he was going to do before walking out the gate. A few minutes of exit paperwork and his retirement officially begins. He was like a giddy high school student on the last day of classes of the senior year. He was there, physically anyway, but his emotions were already elsewhere.

We walked into the conference room. “Well, I’m not sure what I expected it to feel like, but this isn’t it”, he said. Continue reading His New Life in Retirement

The Longest Wedding Aisle, Ever

Walking my oldest daughter down the aisle for her wedding was exhausting! Never mind the other 23,982 steps my Fitbit recorded that day. Most of the energy was used in the 25 to 30 steps walking down the aisle!

It’s a travesty, really.  I mean, who came up with the rule that the dad has to walk his bride-to-be daughter down the aisle anyway?  It’s not fair. It’s void of all decency of a civilized society! Continue reading The Longest Wedding Aisle, Ever

Let That Stone Fly!

It came alive!  Seeing the Valley of Elah in Israel a couple of weeks ago, the place where David slew Goliath, it made sense!  The valley was big, but not huge.  Much of the rich, fertile soil had just been tilled. On one side is a long hill with a continuous ridge, and on the other side, the same.
Continue reading Let That Stone Fly!

A Sparrow’s Song

A couple of weeks ago I set the alarm for 5:00 AM to see a 5:30 AM sunrise over the Sea of Galilee in Israel.  It was late and dark when we checked in the night before, but the back of the hotel was right on the water.  You just can’t miss a sunrise like that!

The first step out of the lobby was facing west and I was about to make a U-turn east.  The very first thing, on the very first day, in my very first time in Israel hit me squarely in the chin with surprising force.  It wasn’t the sunrise, or a holy site, seeing the people or experiencing something brand new.  It was something simple. Something ordinary. Something remarkably familiar. Continue reading A Sparrow’s Song

Dear Claira

Dear Claira,

Welcome to this side of our world! We’ve been waiting a long time to see your pretty granddaughter face! You’ve been enjoying another life the last 9 months in the peace, comfort and care of your mother. You’re still actually getting the same things from your mother, it’s just in a new, different way.945935_10151454692612017_1099065294_n.jpg

My guess was that you would be born a week earlier than April 18 because there was a full Continue reading Dear Claira

    Déjà Vu

At a convenience store Subway the other day, an elderly woman sat down at a tall bar stool table inside. She wasn’t eating, but had a small Styrofoam cup of coffee in front of her that she wasn’t drinking.  Her silver blue hair was perfect in every way and she was wearing her Sunday best dress, complete with a little pearl necklace and old fashioned block, black dress shoes.  Her glasses seemed part of her face, like they had been sitting there for years. Continue reading     Déjà Vu

Rab’s Sweetest Catch

As much as one of my sons likes fishing, Saturday was his best catch ever!

Todd was married Saturday.  It’s a pleasure to officially gain a new daughter, Kolby!  We are proud to place her picture on the family wall with Todd and the siblings of a really, really large family.  But, there’s always room for one more!  110_2126.JPG Continue reading Rab’s Sweetest Catch

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Stories of family, friends, faith and funnies by Jeff Rab

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