Month: November 2020

Advent #2: Hope In The Hurt

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1 Isaiah 64:1-9 (NRSV) O that you would tear open the heavens and come down,    so that the mountains would quake at your presence—as when fire kindles brushwood    and the fire causes water to boil—to make your name known to your adversaries,    so that the… Continue Reading “Advent #2: Hope In The Hurt”

Advent #1: Hope In The Hurt

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Mark 13:24-37 (NRSV) “But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man… Continue Reading “Advent #1: Hope In The Hurt”

Gratitude and Grace

I hadn’t planned to write a Thanksgiving post, but a short while ago my daughter Jennie said some words that deeply resonated with me. I wonder if someone else may need to know them, too. So, here I am… Jennie is a psychologist; she… Continue Reading “Gratitude and Grace”

An Advent for Hurting Hearts

INTRODUCTION As I have been thinking, praying, and writing Advent reflections, I am mindful that this season will be an especially poignant time of watching and waiting. My longing for God has deepened during this unusual and challenging year; I have desperately prayed for… Continue Reading “An Advent for Hurting Hearts”

Five Minute Friday: Grief

I remember the humorous story of the young student, when asked to recite a Bible verse from memory, proudly stated, “Jesus wept.” This verse (John 11:35) is the shortest one in the Bible – and the easiest to remember! But in these difficult and… Continue Reading “Five Minute Friday: Grief”

Five Minute Friday: Cancel

Our word prompt for today, CANCEL, has been with us too much this year. As our plans continue to be canceled or postponed, we can become increasingly discouraged, frustrated, or sorrowful. But in some cases, we can be relieved or even joyful, such as… Continue Reading “Five Minute Friday: Cancel”

Getting “The Stink Blown Off”

In our younger years, my dad would sometimes say to my brother, sister, and me, “Go outside and get the stink blown off!” As I recall, this usually occurred when there was a sense of restlessness, contrariness, or laziness among us. My naïve young… Continue Reading “Getting “The Stink Blown Off””

Five Minute Friday: Ahead

I look ahead; I’m eagerfor the plans I have in mind.I look around and find thatYou are cheering from behind. I look ahead; I’m fearfuland my mind is filled with dread.I look within and hear Yousaying, “Look to me instead.” I look ahead; I’m… Continue Reading “Five Minute Friday: Ahead”

Cairn #10: A Destination Reached

The cairn as the final destination of our journey. What you get by reaching your destination is not nearly as importantas what you will become by reaching your destination. ~ Zig Ziglar Jim and I recently watched, “The Way” for the third time. The… Continue Reading “Cairn #10: A Destination Reached”