A Stormy Start to Lent

A year can hold a lot of healing.  Even a year like 2020.  In one span of changing seasons broken walls can be repaired, ancient ruins rebuilt, foundations restored.  Open, oozing wounds can resolve into scars.  Lies can be uprooted by truth.  Hard, but freeing, truth.   Even so, the wind can shift unexpectedly, bringing with it whispers of those almost…

The Only Thing That Counts at Christmas and Always

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.Galatians 5:6b (NIV) Faith expressing itself through love.  Faith — something we think of as so interior and personal and hidden in our hearts — works in a very practical way and wriggles itself into the outside world through love.  To serve one another, to bear with…

Why is the sky blue? (and other ultimate questions)

When a child asks, “Why is the sky blue?” or “Why does fire burn?” what do we usually do? Well, if we’re not in a hurry and tempted to brush aside their childish inquiries, chances are, we delve into some explanation of those phenomena rooted in the mechanics of the processes. The child asks “why”…

Unless you change…

I shared on my Facebook page last week that I have been feeling anxious lately. (Speaking of Facebook, if you happen to be there, feel free to “like” or “follow” my page...I sometimes share little thoughts there that don’t warrant an entire blog post of their own.) Anyway, about worry — God’s word has always…