“so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10:16b)
There are some of you like that out there. Some how or another you have managed to follow a blog site that does not have a blog button. I do not know how you did that. WordPress tells me it is possible, if you know your way around a blogging site. And I know (or assume) your purpose is as innocent as a dove. But be that as it may, it will gain you nothing. You see, I am no longer posting anything new on this site. What is here now is all there will ever be. And at some point in the future (I also assume) WordPress will inform me that this blog has been inactive long enough that it will be closed.
Now, here comes the interesting part. If by following this site where the “follow” option is hidden and embedded in site, you have prolonged its activity, then the site as an archive only location will continue. If by follow this site you hope to “provoke” a new post, then you have succeeded. And if the latter reason is the case and cause for your following, then it is myself who have been less wise than a serpent but still as innocent as a dove.
Since I have been moved to post, let me take the opportunity to direct once again all beloved readers to the active site – Pondering From the Pacific. It is the place where I am now posting, and where all of the “A Simple Desire” post that I wrote are also archived. But please, if you are here, make yourself to home. Search the posts that are here. But there is no use following, because appearances by myself here are rare. Heartfelt, but rare! Shalom!
Even though I am no longer posting from this site, I still check in on it occasionally. And I cannot help but notice every once in a while the readership for one or two days goes up for people searching the home page and archives. I am pleased that this site still have value to people. But I want to also remind those of you who come here where the “new” stuff is. I am now posting at Pondering From the Pacific
Since early to mid 2010 I have been the sole contributor to “A Simple Desire”. So probably whatever you find in the archives is something that I wrote. And I am honored that it still finds readership. However, I want to be sure that those who find this site realize that I have not stopped writing but am simply at a new site, the above Pondering From the Pacific. Especially as I/we enter into another Advent season. Today you will find the first of my posting for Advent. I enjoy writing for the Advent season, and if past years are true to pattern, I seem to pick up more readers at that time.
You may notice that this site no longer has a “Follow Me” button since there is nothing new to follow. (And I am a little baffled since someone recently did find a way to follow. In fact, even more than a little baffled!) The “Pondering From the Pacific” site does have the “Follow Me” option as well as having all of the posts I have done for the Revised Common Lectionary since I started commenting on those in 2015. You will also find posts that are of a “less scriptural” nature and one more general topics. For those who have followed me here, I know you will find a very warm welcome at my other site. Because . . . that’s just the way I am!
When I sat down to review the visits and views of this blog, “A Simple Desire”, I couldn’t help but notice the views and visits have been increasing, as if people are trying to search and figure where I am. Maybe I am wrong about that. But if it is true, that the absence of postings here is causing an up surge in activity, I want to remind established readers and new visitors that I have moved to a different WordPress site, “Pondering From the Pacific“. And it has been business as usual there, where I post 4 times a week, and more often when the Revised Common Lectionary has special celebration days. Because I have not posted anything new here (excluding this) since October 4th, I have to conclude that people are reading “older posts”. I want to remind you that anything written since January 2015 is on the site “Pondering From the Pacific”. Anything older than that can be found only at “A Simple Desire” which is where I am posting this note.
I am gratified that the older posts are still being read, and I encourage you to do so. But I also want to make you aware that new posts are debuting elsewhere. And I hope you come visit me there as well!
As of November 1, 2017 I am planning on “dismantling” the “Follow” button here . . . because there is nothing new to follow! But please keep returning here! There is a vast wealth of commentary and scriptural thought here, and I am hopeful it will continue to be available for years to come! Shalom!
No, beloved reader, I did not forget to post something for this day. As I said yesterday and have been saying for a while, we are in the transition point. All of the blogs since January 2015 are on the new site, Pondering From the Pacific . Starting with the October posts, I am posting only on that site. Sometime near the end of November / at the start of Advent I will no longer be posting here at all. It will remain as it is now, a repository of everything that has been written since this blog started back in 2007. I had thought about posting what I wrote up until the end of the current lectionary year, but I thought that might be just as confusing as if I simply went quiet here at an earlier date. And, I am not going “quiet” – not by any means! If you have enjoyed what has been written here in the past, and you like reading comments on the Revised Common Lectionary, please make the move over the Pondering From the Pacific . If not, it has been an honor to have been part of your faith life! Shalom!
As it is the beginning of October, I am carrying out the next stage of moving to the new blog site Pondering From the Pacific . For a while I had been posting the new posts on both sites, to make the transition a gradual. Then I posted just the title of each new day’s posts and the link for each specific post. Now I am simply directing both beloved established readers and new readers alike to the new site. I am ever hopeful that those who have been long time readers will make the move to the new site. Nothing has changed except the “address” of where I post!
It is time for the beloved readers here to start the move to the site where these posts will have their new home. To read this post please go to the blog site Pondering From the Pacific The specific post is Teaching by Story
It is time for the beloved readers here to start the move to the site where these posts will have their new home. To read this post please go to the blog site Pondering From the Pacific The specific post is Seeing and following Authority