I hope this is around forever

I heard it’s important to understand that any picture you put on the Internet has the capability of being there forever.  Yes, we need to understand that any photo can be seen, shared, downloaded, re-seen or even mutated into the Internet’s next great meme.  On one side, that is a caution to our young friends who are so quick to get their phones out to capture every moronic scene from last night’s escapade with friends.  Potential bosses can easily find out what they really want to know about you.  Of course, in a few years you might have some uncomfortable ‘splainin to do when your kids come across some of those pics, too.

Then again, there are somethings you truly want to live forever online.  Like this picture.

Christmas 2013


I hope the Internet gets its worldwide hands on it and lets it fill every cloud there is and travel through every packet that gets delivered to any computer, ever.  That seems like a lofty aspiration, but stranger things have happened.  We’ve all done a Google search or two that brought up things that seemed a bit of a stretch.  Maybe someone will search Galveston, or beaches or maybe even island ringtones.

That last one sounds silly, I know.  But if they do search that maybe, just maybe they’ll come across a picture of a guy hugging one of his little sisters on the beach.  Now, they may not know that it was Christmas and 32 degrees outside.  Of course, they probably wouldn’t have any idea how much this picture means to the guy with the funny earmuffs now that she is gone.  Or that it’s been exactly two weeks since her death and he has cried every day.

But they’ll have seen it.  And I bet they’ll at least know these two people meant something to each other.

Yes, I hope this picture lives on the Internet forever because that’s how long I will remember it.

I love you, Diana. Forever.


Diana Lane, 25, of Galveston, passed away Monday, June 30, 2014. She was born September 25, 1988 in Galveston to Darrell and Deborah Sue Lane. Diana proudly graduated from Ball High School with the Class of 2007 and worked at Yaga’s. A fun loving free spirit, she enjoyed being outdoors, including fishing, BBQ’s, and time spent at the beach. Diana also cherished spending quality time with her nephews and nieces, whom she called her princesses. She was a strongly willed, motivated young woman who liked to get her way. She was our “Princess Diana.” She will live on through her family and great friends.

Diana was preceded in death by her father, Darrell Lane, and grandfather, Joe Faggard.

She is survived by her fiancé, William Travis Haynes and his children, Chyanne and Travis; her mother, Deborah Sue Lane; grandmother, Bobbie Sue Faggard, of High Island; sisters, Margaret, Misty Sue Ambrosio and Jose Perez, and Briana Soto and husband, Jesus; brothers, John Fletcher and wife, Gloria, and Grady Lane; nieces and nephews: Brandon, Brittani, Ashlei, Ange-le, Nathan, Angelina, and Alyanna; great niece, Harmony; loving great aunts, Gloria Whelton and Lilla McCutchen; and numerous other family members and friends.




Disciples Go

Someone once suggested that Jesus’ favorite word was “go.”

Someone also once suggested that The Great Commission of the church has become The Great Omission.

So, where do you stand?  Well, if you’re just standing then you didn’t listen to this sermon!

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Now I know why we don’t focus on the Ascension

You know it’s a good Sunday in church when you’re able to tie the reading of Jesus’ Ascension to the first five Rocky movies. Yea, some days are just that good.

I think I finally realized why the Ascension is mostly ignored. Oh, like you remembered it is the Sunday before Pentecost? Oh, like you remembered it’s actually the Thursday before the Sunday before Pentecost? We like the cross and the empty tomb. Those are easy to write songs about. And they remind us of what God was so willing to do for us.

The Ascension reminds us of what we’re supposed to do for God.

Ouch. No wonder we would rather get along to Pentecost Sunday; it’s our birthday, you know.

Here’s the rest of this week’s sermon that talks about the Ascension and Jesus’ prayer for us to be one. Unidos!

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Stay blessed…john

What I got at annual conference

clergy robe

Oh, those Cokesbury tables!  They do tempt us all.  I’m a little excited because I may purchase a stole for the first time–you know, being ordained and all.

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Stay blessed…john