Posts by Chris Thoma

07-06-2020: Sixth Week of Pentecost

Technically, the sun rose this morning at 6:04 AM. I watched it from my kitchen window. It was stunning. Before the moment had fully developed, the world beyond my window pane was a cool and shapeless dark with very little definition. I could barely make the mist twirling up from the Shiawassee River. Although, peering…

06-29-2020: Fifth Week of Pentecost

It’s good to be home. Still, vacations certainly are great. They’re the allotment of time and distance you set aside for setting things aside. But let me just shoot straight with you. I get more than a little anxious before coming home. We haven’t been taking vacations as a family for that many years, so…

06-08-2020: Second Week of Pentecost

   I pray all remains well with you. Considering 2020’s winter and spring cargo, my hope is that its summer will bring to us a semblance of calm. The Thoma clan will be leaving for Florida soon. We were concerned we might not be able to go, but as it turns out, Governor Ron DeSantis…

06-01-2020: First Week of Pentecost

How can any of us not be moved to exclaim with concern, “What a world we’re living in right now!”?    Pandemics. Failing economies. Skyrocketing unemployment. Brutality. Death. Divisions. Riots.    America’s list is rather long these days.    Like me, I’m sure many of you are consuming your fair share of articles offering a…

05-24-2020: Seventh Week of Easter

I hope all is well with you and your family. I continue to pray for you daily, trusting that the Lord knows your struggles, and even before any particular challenge may begin, He’s already at work using it for the good of your salvation (Romans 8:28). It’s important to say and repeat this. We need…

05-18-2020: Sixth Week of Easter

For those of you who made it to worship at Our Savior yesterday, if you took anything more from the sermon than the Gospel of Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, I hope it’s that you noticed I didn’t use the words “coronavirus” or “COVID-19” once in the whole sermon. That was deliberate. Like…

05-11-2020: Fifth Week of Easter

Last Thursday morning on the way to the church, I stopped my Jeep beside a farm on Linden Road and attempted to take a picture of the moon. The pale sphere was massive and full, and it hung just above the horizon. Its appearance was so grand, and its presence so near, I felt as…

05-04-2020: Fourth Week of Easter

Maybe you sensed by my last few eNews messages that one of the bigger concerns I have during this time of quarantine is the seemingly irreparable damage that is occurring between people—friends becoming enemies. There’s so much dividing so many right now. Honestly, I’m concerned that much of what’s at the root of these struggles…

04-27-2020: Third Week of Easter

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Don’t tell Jen I told you. She got a little angry with me this weekend, and it wasn’t because I went out and around Linden and Fenton dressed as Star Lord from “Guardians of the Galaxy”—which I did, by the way. Don’t believe me? Well,…

04-20-2020: Second Week of Easter

I mentioned to Jennifer that these Monday morning eNews introductions are a little harder to write because of the quarantine. Normally I can sit down, and within a few minutes, I discover a thought that leads me into something worth sharing—something that is, hopefully, of use to you. But not so much these days. I…