In the Very Place You Find Yourself

“If there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8) Worrisome Scenarios Charging like a thoroughbred ‘round a racetrack, our thoughts hurl from one worrisome scenario to another. With time on our hands and minds on full alert, we contemplate the dreadful, the damaging, or the difficult, assuming […]

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Valuable

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases…” (Psalm 103:2-3) Boarding a Boeing 747, purchasing Sudafed at Target, and driving into a ritzy South Florida neighborhood share a common thread. Stitching those random scenarios together is the fact that we must […]

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Decade Down

Ten years past You slipped away While we watched Helpless Beside you to the end Held you tight Till he asked Let go We did. Priceless gift On loan For a time Too short Happiness your hallmark In spite of it all. Courageous boy You soared Where others might have faltered You laughed Loud and […]

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Surrounding Fog

“While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.” (Luke 24:15-­‐16)  Often we resemble the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Downcast, we trudge along, walking away from our own confusing Jerusalem, where things have not gone as we expected. In the […]

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Withered Wants

“And he said to the man with the withered hand, ‘Come here…Stretch out your hand.’” (Mark 3:3) We often appear like the man with the withered hand, crouching in the shadows, fearful that our shortcomings will be conspicuously visible before the accusing eyes of others. Surprisingly, we do not need to grovel and beg for […]

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