Month: June 2020

Letting Go of My Need to Know

Letting Go of My Need to Know

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. (I Corinthians 13:12, NRSV) When I was a child, I had a nickname, “big ears.” I cannot say for sure, but I assume it was […]

An Unexpected Conversation

An Unexpected Conversation

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8 Ten days ago Friday I had corrective surgery for a hiatal hernia, something I’ve wanted […]

It Is Done In Love

It Is Done In Love

“Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14 Sometimes it is hard to have patience. In this current world of fear, challenges, and injustices it can be even more so. Children have no filter- if there is one thing you can count on, it is the truth and honesty that flows […]

Rainbow

Rainbow

“I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” Genesis 9:13 (NRSV) It was just after one of our typical Southwest Florida summer showers. I had been working in my office and was running an errand before going home. The sky was […]

My God Was Too Small

My God Was Too Small

“To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these? He who brings out their host and numbers them, calling them all by name, because God is great in strength, mighty in power, not one is missing.” Isaiah 40:25-26 […]

Journey Without Maps

Journey Without Maps

“Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I promised you.” Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place; and I did not know it.”  Genesis 28:15-16 […]

See Your Suffering Clearly

See Your Suffering Clearly

For a second time they called the man who had been blind, and said, ‘Give God the praise; we know that Jesus is a sinner.’ He answered, ‘Whether he is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I know, that thought I was blind, now I see.’ John 9:24-25 Unsettling fear. Lurking discomfort. Instinctual […]

Building Sandcastles

Building Sandcastles

“As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because […]

Do You Know That You Are Free?

Do You Know That You Are Free?

“For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1 (NRSV) Tomorrow, Friday, June 19, is a holiday known as Juneteenth. It is not a federal holiday and, while acknowledged in many parts of the nation, it is truly celebrated among African Americans […]

The Barnabas Factor

The Barnabas Factor

“And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25 “There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name […]

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