Braving Summer’s Heat

Summer is waning, but the sun is still beckoning us out into the great outdoors while concurrently threatening to burn and blister the skin. Thunderstorms periodically shake the skies reminding that tension forms when opposites collide. Warm nights and long days usher in a sense of restlessness and the temptation to throw off responsibility.  When…

Stand in Awe

Let the whole world fear the Lord,     and let everyone stand in awe of him. Psalm 33:8 NLT All my glory is built with strawHe is a fortress great and strongSo let the whole world stand in awe As we transgress His perfect lawWithout love just a clanging gongAll our glory is built of straw Never…

Wander Not Alone

John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’” John 1:23 NIV I wander in the wildernessOh my body of flesh and boneHaunted by crushing lonelinessAs despair grips my heart of stoneYet onward and onward I press Oasis in…

This Joy Complete

If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. John…

Old Testament Comfort for Current Times

Too often we forget how much the Old Testament can minister to our desperate hearts, and we miss out if we don’t sit with the truths it brings. In times when it is clear that man cannot save himself, I am comforted to know that the serpent’s head will be crushed, that God works what…

Not One Favorite

I have a favorite verse today.Tomorrow ’twill be another.So rich the Word of God does layUpon my heart the answer. For whatever is my urgent need,This daily bread He transmits.If anxiety plagues, I concede,Philippians 4 only peace permits. When sleep eludes in dark of nightPsalm 23 brings the Shepherd’s hope.Rest then comes ’til dawns new…

In His Image Is Beauty

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. Colossians 1:15-16a NLT. In winter all stands bare and starkDays fall short and nights bathed in darkSnowflakes light on branches of…

The Weary World Rejoices

Jesus Christ was born into a weary world, unto a weary people. God’s last word to the Jewish people had been four hundred years prior in the book of Malachi. A vast silence had echoed in the following centuries. Israel had been ruled by Greece, Syria, and finally at the time of Jesus’ birth, the…

Christmas 2020

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 NIV. Christmas is different this year,like so many other things of 2020.My living room should be half-decoratedtwo days after Thanksgiving, butnot a single nativity has escaped the shed.Packing boxes crowd the house instead. Though Jesus in our hearts resides. Christmas eve will be…

Which Tale Should I Tell?

They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Revelation 12:11 (NIV) I could tell you my story as a tale of woeHighlighting trauma from ages ago I could tell you my story as…