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Welcome to my blog

I welcome you to this space in which I will share some of my reflections.  I have now been pastor of Laguna Presbyterian Church for 36 years.  September 9, 2007, marks the 40th anniversary of my marriage to Kay.  We have one son, Jeff.  His wife’s name is Rachel and they have two boys, Quinn and Luke.  Their family is one of our delights and we love them very much. For these years of longevity and family I am very thankful.  I am also deeply grateful for my congregation in Laguna Beach who have loved, encouraged, prayed for, and supported me all these years.  I have learned some important lessons.  Staying passionate about one’s life is a great gift and requires great effort.  The results are gratifying.

Some of the secrets of longevity must be genetic, but most of it has to do with developing a spirituality that  informs and inspires one’s life.  God is good.  I only wish that I had learned to trust God more fully with all the details of my life.  Loving the God revealed in the Bible and especially in the person Jesus of Nazarath has made all the difference.  Knowing that we are loved and that the Creator has a plan for our lives that is a part of the cosmic plan allows one to relax, to live more and more without anxiety about past, present, or future.  About the time I think my faith is strong I find myself in a new time of testing with worry, anxiety, and fear haunting my soul.  So each day I find it neccessary to bring myself to attention before God, to listen to God’s Word, to pray the psalms, and to surrender in faith to the One who loves me beyond my comprehension.

I hope you will appreciate some of my ruminations on the issues that matter to me.  God Bless!

4 thoughts on “Welcome to my blog

  1. Jerry,
    Thank you for your honesty, humility and willingness to be real and authentic which is somewhat rare in our world today. Laguna Pres is alive because of your faith, genuineness and caring for our congregation. You will continue to be in our prayers

  2. May 27, 2012
    Jerry,
    I was unable to attend the worship service last week so I was excited to be able to read your sermon from May 23.  As always, your words were inspiring and so important to remember as we live each day.  I am praying with you that the many members (75%) of our congregation step forward and pledge to join our Paid in Full, Alive for Mission campaign with a message of love and commitment for LPC’s mission in Laguna Beach and beyond.  I am grateful for all God’s mission work that LPC has accomplished locally and around the world.  My prayer is that LPC continues to be “Alive for Mission”. 

  3. The worship services for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday were spiritually renewing and very moving emotionally.  We appreciate how God is working at Laguna Pres through each Pastor and all of the staff.  Thank you for a very special Easter.  Christ has risen!