Divine

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.” John 15:1 The vine is a life-giving imagery that crosses cultures effortlessly. Nourishment and stability pulse through the vine into all the branches; no living branch exists unless it is connected to the vine. Our Lord calls himself the vine; as his disciples we […]

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Underwhelmed

“But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love…” (Nehemiah 9:17) They each blundered big under a varying set of circumstances. Eve reached for the fruit, Sarah handed over her maid, Moses slammed the rock, David hatched a deadly plot, and the children of Israel […]

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Did This

“Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.” (Genesis 6:22) This intriguing verse haunts me, floats inside the middle of my mind and refuses to go overboard. I can’t shake it; it’s caught in the netting of my thoughts like an inescapable notion. God dumped a life-altering command on a man named Noah, […]

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Stellar

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house the saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshipped him.”  (Matthew 2:10–11) The wise men should make us weep. They come to light in the gospel narrative with their knees bowed, faces to the […]

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Beyond Bountiful

“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” (2 Corinthians 9:6) In all likelihood, nothing fits in a fist closed tight. A clenched hand, fingers turned inward with nails pressed into palm will never hold a thing, will never be on the receiving side. […]

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Front and Center

“And they were all amazed and said to one another, ‘What is this word?’” (Luke 4:36) In the weeks leading up to the birthday of the King who holds dominion above all majesties, we may pay him homage by re-reading portions of his biography chronicled by St. Luke. His story is compelling and his actions […]

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For a Catch

“And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.’” (Luke 5:4) The experienced fishermen gave up. Throughout the night they had careened across the open seas in an attempt to coax some fish aboard. Sore limbs and heavy lids were all […]

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Presentable

“He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.” (Psalm 40:3) Worship is uncomplicated when life runs steady as a stream gurgling peacefully through serene scenarios. When we lift our voices on Sunday mornings, dressed in our […]

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Hide and Seek

“And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:2-4) Children delighted Jesus. He […]

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Pursuit

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:6-­7) Clear directions give us a running head start. The patient teacher in kindergarten who painstakingly showed me how to print the first […]

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