Tag Archives: life

Armaggedon or Artistry?

Armaggedon or Artistry?

He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. (Matthew 3:11c) Snuggled down here in Florida, Deb and I, and the kids, have been watching anxiously as fires out in California have consumed not only precious timberland, but precious home and lives. A couple of weeks ago, an unusual weather pattern over the […]

Drinking From My Saucer

Drinking From My Saucer

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup overflows.  (Psalm 23:5) When I was a little boy, I sat with my father at the breakfast table watching him attempt to cool is Folgers Instant coffee by tipping his cup and letting some spill over […]

Family Friday: Making Lemonade

Family Friday: Making Lemonade

And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5, NRSV) It’s 4th of July weekend! […]

It’s Latin to Me!

It’s Latin to Me!

“… I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10b, NRSV) I have a small, brass disc with a phrase in Latin on my key chain. It rests between my car fob and my office key. To be honest, I do not see it much or think about it much. But […]

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 […]

Take Care

Take Care

“Lord, let me know my end, and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight. Surely everyone stands as a mere breath.” Psalm 39:4-5 (NRSV) It’s always true, but sometimes we […]

Crammed with Wonder

Crammed with Wonder

When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”  Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:4-5, NRSV) I suspect I am not […]

The Luxury of Small Complaints

The Luxury of Small Complaints

Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. I Peter 4:8-10 You have heard the adage: “The longer you live, the more […]

Butterflies

Butterflies

“Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed…” 1 Corinthians 15:51 (NRSV) The count of people infected with COVID-19 (coronavirus) goes up daily. Collier County has experienced three deaths from the disease. Congress passed, and the president signed, a $2+ Trillion stimulus package in an […]