Why must we suffer?

As I bow my head to pray these days, I find myself praying for more and more people who are suffering. I pray for their healing and comfort, and for their families to endure. And, as I find myself adding to this list seemingly every day, and with it being the Easter...

The Olive Tree

Long ago there was a monk who needed olive oil, so he planted a small olive tree. After he planted it, he prayed, “Lord, please send gentle showers. My tree needs water so its tender roots will drink and grow.” And the Lord sent gentle showers. The monk prayed...

Who?

Who? Who’s Habakkuk? This past week our Bible group wrapped up the study of the Book of Habakkuk. Habakkuk is one of the minor prophets of the Bible. The group of twelve “minor” prophets were named so, not because their words were of less value, but because their...

Tell your story

Last week I was asked to submit a quote for a magazine article on grief. The writer wanted me to answer the question, “when you are grieving what is the most helpful thing someone could say to or do for you?” She asked me to do it in one or two sentences! It was no...

I hope you dance

This past weekend, I decided to reorganize my study. Mostly, this involved moving some furniture around, rearranging pictures, and sorting through myriad books collected over the years.  As with any such task, the process served to be a stroll through the past....

Dying Grace

There is living grace and saving grace, but have you heard of dying grace? Perhaps not, because while you are saved and living, you are not in need of dying grace. Like manna in the desert, God provides us with the portion of grace that we need for each day. The...

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