Hide and Seek

“You have said, ‘Seek my face.’ My heart says to you, ‘Your face, LORD, do I seek.’”  (Psalm 27:8) They hid among the trees of the garden, the perfect garden he created for them to enjoy. After disobeying God’s clear instructions, Adam and Eve camouflaged themselves among the trees, hidden away “from the presence of […]

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Do Well

“But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.” (Jonah 4:1) We are quick to question God, to call him to account, to address him with our list of grievances and gripes. We routinely ask him to bless us, guide us, and shower us with gifts galore. And with the very same tongue we accuse […]

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Peter, Peter

“But he said emphatically, ‘If I must die with you, I will not deny you.’ And they all said the same.” Mark 14:31 When Peter spoke those infamous words, Christ loved him nonetheless. His was a bold and courageous determination to defend the Lord at all costs. I believe Peter thought he would be capable […]

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End of It All

“Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet and implored him earnestly…” (Mark 5:22) We know Jairus’ story as one with a happy ending. And yet, when we first meet this distraught father in Mark 5, he has no assurance his horrible dilemma […]

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Twenty-Seventh Time

“The LORD is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1            Surrounded by a dreary haze, I falter. But what is that to you who emanates incandescent light, luminous and lasting? Black mists […]

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The Other Side

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,     the Father of mercies and God of all comfort….” (2 Corinthians 1:3) After we have pushed through the entanglements of a dense forest, arms scratched from the impact of straggling branches, head bruised from colliding with low-­lying limbs, muscles whining from the strain of […]

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Morning Muddles

“If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.” (Psalm 139:9-­10) Believing a lie is easy at times. When pain is pressing down our backs, bill collectors are breaking down our doors, or […]

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