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
Lots and lots of them. Floating around like balloons asking to be popped. Daring us to disagree with bloated analysis of life inexperienced. Continue reading
“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. Continue reading
The Fool has said in his heart, “there is no God.”
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.
That’s really not what the Bible says though. The Bible says a fool is someone who won’t acknowledge God. Someone who lives his own way. A fool can’t be trusted, cannot deliver a faithful message and will ultimately produce calamity for himself. Continue reading
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.…
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.
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
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…
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…
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…