On the road…

There are those hours, days, weeks, and seasons when it seems that all in you is chaff and dross, when you long for the grain to “lie, sheer and clear” but you begin to doubt that there’s any grain under there at all.  And yet  day after day Jesus calls us to take up our…

Why I love…

Eugene Peterson, a person I’ve never met, who’s never heard of me, and whose most well-known work I’ve never read. At a time when I was feeling battered, uncertain, and living in a foreign land on the second floor of a small concrete house, at the end of a dead-end alley, in an unheated room…

Thoughts on a Friday

Some heartening thoughts on the day when so many around the world will celebrate in the name of the mysterious St. Valentine.  😉 My brother or sister, if you live out of the center, you win.  On a given day you might be more depressed than anything else, but when your life is hidden with…

Thoughts on a Friday

The Master Potter by Marlene J. Chase He moves amid the potsherds, with patient practiced eye, saves fragments of divinity shattered by outrageous winds. Plying His grand, inscrutable trade, He grinds the useless shards and kneads them into clay. … Read the rest here (p. 32).

Advent Hope

Christian hope, the spirit that dominates the Advent/Christmas season, is not reserved merely for some splendid future yet to come.  It is much more than an otherworldly matter, a promise of heavenly reward after death.  Jesus does not ask us to wait until later, until the end for help and healing.  Hope is the good…

Thoughts on a Friday

I would be true, for there are those who trust me; I would be pure, for there are those who care; I would be strong, for there is much to suffer; I would be brave, for there is much to dare. –Howard Arnold Walter

Thoughts on a Friday

As we approach Lent, thoughts on suffering and hope… Jesus was not in the least bit confident that he would be spared suffering.  What he was confident of was vindication.  Our hope, our acceptance of the invitation to the banquet, is not based on the idea that we are going to be free of pain…

…though…

There are those moments when you realize that you’ve just sewn the lace ruffle inside the pillow instead of nicely around the outside edge, or when the potting soil has landed all over the kitchen floor.  And I suppose that these are cleverly disguised opportunities.  Given enough grace, we can pause to consider our words…

Thoughts on a Friday

Nothing better to say today, than to recommend these words of Ann Voskamp’s because they’re important and moving and worth the pondering…

To survive a drought…

…it helps to have a tap root. It’s the secret of the lowly dandelion. And if our roots are in the right media, they truly are a life line through whatever dry spells may come.

A change of plans

If you’ve only seen the property in October and November, you might be forgiven for forgetting that when spring comes all those trees will get leaves on them, which will shade the south side of the house.  In July this is truly a blessing, but it destroys the plans you had for a prairie garden…