The Struggle is Real

We say it as a joke, a snide comment, a way to relate to others, but it’s true. Struggles are real. We can dress them up in pretty smiles and say we know it will all work out, but that trudging through the mud of disappointment and questions is not really very funny. It’s kind of hard. Continue reading

Fearful and Wonderful

“For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I will confess and praise You for You are fearful and wonderful and for the awful wonder of my birth! Wonderful are Your works, and that my inner self knows right well.…

Wisdom

The Fool has said in his heart, “there is no God.”

Psalm 14:1

I was thinking about this verse over the weekend. How we view the words foolish and wise. How we seem to think that a fool is simply a clown and a wise man must have great intellect.…

Archives: July 14, 2005 – Delivered From Fear

Psalm 34:1-4 “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. (2) My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. (3) O Magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.…

Early In the Morning…

Sunday our congregation sang Holy, Holy, Holy. One of the classics. The first song in the Baptist Hymnal, number 5 in the Mennonite Hymnal (The red one, it’s number 120 in the blue one)…

Maybe I do know a little too much about hymnals.

…and…

Life Isn’t Fragile

Life isn’t fragile!

The thought stormed my conscience as if to shake me into realization.

I had heard of recent failings, of death and sorrow, of tiny flames snuffed out before their chance to light the world beyond their parent’s arms. And my heart hurt a little and my reason sank to it and I thought that life must be as fragile as the world was showing me. Continue reading

Stones From Jordan: Getting To Know Him

Daily Reading: Matthew 11&12

Matthew 11:1 “And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.”

So…was he done with the instruction part of discipling t…

Stones From Jordan: Seeing Their Faith

Daily Reading: Matthew 9

Matthew 9:2 “And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.”

I’ve heard this phrase…

Stones From Jordan: What To Do

Daily Reading: Matthew 8

Jesus healed so many people and so few of them are heard from again. They do not become the great missionaries of their day. Jesus called his disciples from normal every day jobs. Average Joe’s doing average jobs. He did not…