Absorbing Grief

Friday, October 21, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Romans 12:15 A challenging perspective On a level of inconvenient, Covid came calling. Earlier this fall the virus penetrated my defenses. A Godzilla-headache thumped my skull. Fever rolled, freezing then burning within my arms and legs. White blood cells battled the virus. I tracked each hour until IContinue reading “Absorbing Grief”

Close to God, When?

August 26, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Psalm 23–“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…” Bright days, sunshine bursting flower buds into exuberance, give my soul spiritual relief. Those days are a deep breath of air filling my lungs with escape from turmoil. We all need such times because in case youContinue reading “Close to God, When?”

Reading What?, Part 2

August 13, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Ecclesiastes 12:11-12 (Note: Yes, I know the old language sounds sexist in today’s environment.) “The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one shepherd. Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is noContinue reading “Reading What?, Part 2”

The Long Way Around

June 24, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Exodus 13 I like shortcuts. I love shortcuts to success. Shortcuts are great for just about everything except getting the flu. Unfortunately, not all my shortcuts work out with glorious outcomes. Sometimes perfectly well-intentioned shortcuts thunder as disaster approaches like Frankenstein’s footsteps. At other times I’m not close toContinue reading “The Long Way Around”

Humility Should Adorn Us

June 17, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Luke 14 Jesus counsels his disciples, “…all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Luke 14:11). As disciples we monitor our interior self, as well as our public demeanor. We have reasons to be thankful as well as humble. We celebrateContinue reading “Humility Should Adorn Us”

Prayers in the Night

A book review Friday, June 3, 2022 If your spirit spins in perplexity, then Tish Harrison Warren ‘s Prayers in the Night may be part of God’s intervention for your summer soul. Boldly written with a disciple’s vision, Warren’s invitation to think and experience faith, resounds with encouragement. However, this is no walk through theContinue reading “Prayers in the Night”

Invitations Abounding

May 20, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 22 Yes, the passage is a parable—a story that shapes us. Jesus provides the parable, expressing at least a single emphasis, and possibly other key insights as well. One of those insights is found in these words: “So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyoneContinue reading “Invitations Abounding”

The One

May 6, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 4 A healer, One who made the lame walk and brought vision to the blind—he was in their midst. The eyewitness accounts and testimonies were credible but almost impossible to believe. Mary spoke to Martha. Martha told her neighbor. Caleb met with Matthew. They decided to ask theirContinue reading “The One”

Spiritual Mosquitoes

Friday, April 1, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 14 Bible in hand, I sit down ready to read. My occasional journal is ready for fresh ink. I come to these moments seeking God’s guidance. Without speaking aloud I address God. “Lord, You are Sovereign. I am here to listen. I am your servant. My heartContinue reading “Spiritual Mosquitoes”

A Christmas Door and His Feet

January 14, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Luke 2 During Jesus’ childhood, family-hope and faith revealed themselves through consistent determined practice: “Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover (Luke 2:41 emphasis added). Making the Jerusalem journey was faith’s testimony from Joseph and Mary. Later, and further opening the family’s frontContinue reading “A Christmas Door and His Feet”