There was no real reason to notice it that day -- the strong, stately pine with a lone branch suspended over the narrow side street. It was familiar area I travel almost weekly, yet I was "seeing" this sight for the first time. Something about the way that bough shot straight out, forming a canopy… Continue reading Strongly Rooted or Dangerously Disconnected?
"The road to hell is paved with good intentions." I'm not sure who said it originally, but most people have heard that admonition to take action on things we have only planned to do, to get ready for the final home we hope to have in Heaven. It is indeed a worthy thought because only… Continue reading The road to Heaven is paved with…
"Elephants belong only in the wild..." "They let that child run wild..." "I am just wild about Cajun cuisine..." "Wild cherry trees dot the edge of our wood line..." "Wild" brings images to mind of roaming free and being master of one's own destiny, being uncontrolled and undisciplined, being enthusiastic past the point of ordinary… Continue reading Running wild?
"Read it again, Mommy." I really don't remember the number of times, but I know they were many. I picture where they all took place. As we snuggled in for bedtime reading after family prayer, my young daughter would ask for the story about the three Hebrew children of Daniel chapter 3. For several weeks… Continue reading BUT IF NOT: Coming to a city near you
"Don't move that Bible for me! I don't get that many chances with God!" We were headed to lunch when I scooped up my Bible from the passenger seat to clear a spot for the social work intern to sit. Her protests would have amused me, except she seemed in dead earnest. In the ensuing discussion… Continue reading Don’t move that Bible for me!
“Never stop dating!” That advice is given to those who want to know how to keep their relationship strong, perhaps from those who have realized just in time that their love had cooled and had to be rekindled. We often struggle in various types of relationships to hold on to the sweet, close times. Life so strongly comes… Continue reading Never stop dating
"It is finished!" Human history pivoted with the uttering of those words from the mouth of God, Who robed Himself in flesh and shed His own blood for our sins. The closing of one Testament and the opening of another was occurring before the bewildered eyes of His followers and the blinded eyes of those… Continue reading It is Finished
I have no doubt that many people familiar with the biblical story of David — “The Poor Shepherd Boy Makes it to the Throne of Israel” heartwarming saga — would like to identify with the elevated king. After all, God promised him that he would bless his house, as in the sons God would raise… Continue reading Blessed like David or Just like David?
I had gone. . . with a multitude that kept holyday (Psalm 42:4) King David wrote in Psalms of going with the throng of worshipers to the house of God. Though sometimes he went there alone, he often spoke of testifying to the congregation -- telling of God’s wonderful works and ways to a group… Continue reading The Pack
So there you are, snoozing away. All is calm, quiet, peaceful. Then you hear it: the whine. Not one of the kids this time -- no, this is the whine of flight, the high-pitched sound of tiny wings. Near your head. You feel the brush of six little feet against your face, and "whack!", you've… Continue reading Sweet aromas? Offensive odors?