Following The Lord’s Will

For the past several days I have been contemplating the time that Jesus spent in the Garden of Gethsemane praying.   I've been struck by the words that scripture uses to tell us about the emotions of that evening.  I've combed through various Bible translations noting these words. I've read through the same account found in … Continue reading Following The Lord’s Will

When Christmas is Hard: Cobwebs and Christmas Trees

Our family has always enjoyed having a real Christmas tree in our home.  There is just something about the fresh smell of pine that draws each of us in.  We typically frequent a local garden center to select our tree.  But one year we ventured out to a tree farm to cut down our own.  … Continue reading When Christmas is Hard: Cobwebs and Christmas Trees

The Story in the Scars

It was the Saturday before my first day of middle school. I was scheduled to babysit for a family from our church.  When I arrived, the couple was finishing up a few last minute details.  Their youngest son looked up at me and asked, "Do you want to see my dog?" Without thinking twice, I … Continue reading The Story in the Scars

A Tale of Two Christmases

It happened every year.  Two Christmases.  Two days that were as stark a contrast as could be.  Two Christmases  - one meager, one abundant.  One Christmas, simple, sacrificial, full of significance and hope.  The other, extravagant, a balm to soothe the guilty soul, void of meaning. If growing up in a divorced home had one … Continue reading A Tale of Two Christmases

Easter: His Finished Work is My New Beginning

"It is finished." With those three small words, our Savior bowed His head and gave up His spirit (John 19:30).   Although this chapter of Jesus's earthly ministry had concluded, His work was far from done. His finished work on the cross and His resurrection loosed chains and broke bonds   Separation was no more.  The … Continue reading Easter: His Finished Work is My New Beginning