Why “Ad-Infinite-Item” for the name of my blog site? As far as I can remember every time I heard the Latin “Ad Infinitum” which of course translates “forever,” I always consciously repeated it in my mind as “ad-infinite-item,” meaning by adding the Infinite One (God) into our lives we gain eternal life, forever. Perhaps a bit complicated, and I could have just called this site “Sam Smith” but that’s not my name either. Hmmm…come to think of it I kind of like that name, too.
As I said in my bio, I’m retired from ministry as a pastor/teacher and substance abuse counselor at a Christian faith-based drug/alcohol inner-city rehab and homeless shelter. It was the hardest and easiest assignment I ever experienced. Preaching the Word of God to men at the bottom of the barrel with me, and watching them receive it, was more than gratifying it was humbling. When I wasn’t on my feet I was on my knees asking the Lord to give me His everything that I needed and knew I couldn’t do by my own natural abilities. And He always gave to me more than I asked to accomplish that which He bid me do. But it did keep me on my knees in prayer; in prayer while walking, in prayer while eating, even while sleeping I called out to Him. I’m convinced it is the only way I was able to last so long – I depended greatly on the conduit of faith from the Spirit of Jesus, through prayer and practicing the presence of God continuously.
One reason I’m at this blog is to assess my years of being in His service and to wait on him for the mystery to further unfold.
Other than that I have never been published, never tried to be published, and never tried even to be a writer. When I write I’m preaching mostly to myself, lest I forget. As Theophanis the Monk said someplace, “Do not think that I speak as one who teaches: I speak as one whose words condemn himself.” – for I am a sinner, but for His grace. Lord, have mercy!