Last week I assisted with the funeral of a Marine Veteran. For sure, it was sad in many respects, but there were also things that made it a rich experience. Family love and connections were strong—their fierce loyalty and affection were evident throughout the day.
Cheryl and I attended the school play Cinderella last weekend. It was highlighted by two of our elementary school grandkids. One of them was the cutest mouse in the house and the other a lovely narrator, singer, and dancer. The performance, stage, and costumes were amazing. The story is so l…
Like a caring coach on practice days, the Spirit of God rehearses fundamental statements about God in Psalm 28. While we don’t know David’s circumstances, they apply to our game days of life. What particular situation will these basics about God help bring you a victory?
I sometimes imagine myself as the infamous fly on the wall, taking in how the scholars of their day put together the order of the Psalms under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. I really do this. No doubt they debated which songs of Israel should be included—their history and our Old Testam…
Cheryl and I recently traveled a portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Stunning. At one overlook we met a young couple of “flat land foreigners” from Florida. We all agreed we’d love to live in those mountains overloading the eyes of our heart with creation candy.
My mother, sister, and I moved from Maryland to Florida when I was six years old. My one lasting memory of the trip was when we stopped at a motel across from the ocean. My mother readied us to swim (wade). Then, nearly dark, my sister and I watched as my mother went swimming. I remember los…
For the July 4th weekend we had a house full of family and several holiday celebrations that included, sometimes together, all my kids, their hubbies, and all grandkids and even our family matriarch and patriarch. I am enjoying the quiet now, but put together, God gave me an extraordinary fa…
At first, Psalm 22 seems a little odd for twenty-first century followers of Christ with its emphasis on the king. But give it an honest try and see for yourself the realities for us in this forgotten, sleepy song. Here it is:
My grandchildren have different ways to express their love for me. One enjoys my presence quietly and literally just stands beside me waiting for my attention. Another is sporadic, but may suddenly be beside me with an arm around my shoulder. More serious, one will suddenly put their arm aro…
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I write this column each week under the premise “God is [has been] at work” in me in some particular way He wants me to share with you since we last talked (Philippians 2:13). This week, I had a sad and poignant but glorious experience with God that is perfectly timed to share from our Psalm…
Tom, my brother-in-law, and George, my friend, came for dinner. They are heart transplant recipients. I bet you didn’t have two heart transplant recipients for dinner at your house Friday night.
My mind will not allow me to erase the image of the radiant faces of my oldest daughter and her fourteen year old daughter during their performance of “Hello Dolly” two weekends ago. To them, dancing and singing were already sheer delight and only enhanced by the joy of doing it together. Yo…
I will never forget sitting across the table from Mark and Carolyn as she, speaking for them and he acknowledging her precise words, spoke of the loss of their son, and said, “Our grief does not define us; it refines us.” Would you be able to say that?
My younger grandchildren love to sing songs to me. They may be serious songs, but they are never dirges or like elevator music (I hate elevator music that sanitizes songs).They like silly songs. Can you hear them giggling?
Once, a friend was hiking nearby and she lost her way. Night came upon her and her companions, and all they could do was stop and wait for daylight and their rescuers. This is so like our hike through an enchanted forest called the Psalms this year. We have been enjoying the highlights as we…
It’s more than just an illustration Scripture uses to teach us about God’s love for us and devotion to us. Follower and bride of Christ—young or wishin’, single or married: How is your marriage with Christ coming along?
Mark called last week. He is the director of a group which provides one-on-one mentors for inmates. We meet twice a month with interested men. Another of its ministries is to sponsor seminary training for inmates in prison. Mark called to ask if I could teach a class that started today becau…
Cheryl and I just came back from a week of vacation. Whew! Sixteen hundred miles of family and fun. The piled-high laundry, wear on the car, or toll roads can’t take away the joy.
With me, do you marvel how God is at work in us, arranging countless details—ordering the Milky Way Galaxy—to reach us or touch us or use us (Philippians 2:13)? I sensed this when I came across a comparison while preparing to deliver a message last Sunday about wisdom from James 3:13-18? It …