Magdalene

“There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.” (Mark 15:40-41) […]

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Step Ahead

“You shall walk in all the way that the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you…” (Deuteronomy 5:33) Babies do a lot of sleeping. (When we desperately need some, they usually quit!) In the first few months of life babies could almost be called […]

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Gallery

“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27 Weaving through the Art Institute of Chicago we gawk at masterpieces by Monet, Renoir, and Seurat, their appeal captivating us the way desert wanderers gulp water down parched throats. Each priceless portrait or landscape composition encased in […]

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Ironclad

“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27 The ironclad door will not budge, its hinges immobile and unresponsive to my incessant barrage. Resolved, I pound against its frame and beg entry, pleading aplenty and waiting for the slightest crack to thrust myself within. It will […]

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Never Disappoints

“If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:31-32 At the end of a scrumptious meal prepared by my sister-in-law, my husband declared, “Jill, we […]

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Hide Out

“Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters they shall not reach him.” (Psalm 32:6) In our modern world, the rush of great waters threatens. That same overwhelming rush was part and parcel of the lives of the great […]

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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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Meander

“But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.” (Psalm 33:18) Some mornings, I rise before the sun, lavish my time in the reflective study of Scripture, and exercise my limbs before striding home for a nutritious breakfast. On other days, I drag […]

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Crashing Through

“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” (Psalm 119:18) Some days, I approach the Scriptures simply as an act of obedience. With pen and journal on standby, I wait for inspiration to fall from heaven and escort me to a spiritual retreat within the confines of my comfortable family […]

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Step Forward

“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) We like to believe we can accelerate ahead, feet barely skimming the floor, making progress like a champion racehorse bound and determined […]

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