Body Work

“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”           (I Corinthians 12:27) Runners sprinting down the track toward the finish line, weightlifters hoisting barbells with heavy metal plates, skiers flying across the slopes at breakneck speeds, or ballerinas extending their legs in a graceful arabesque – each one […]

Continue reading

Attention

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:17)             Old trees fascinate. After enduring seasons of brutal weather that battered them relentlessly, they stand at attention like proud […]

Continue reading

Pick Me

“Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.” (Ephesians 1:4) With our finite minds, it really doesn’t make much sense at all. To imagine that before one blade of grass appeared in the Garden, or one ray of sunlight sliced through […]

Continue reading

Need of It

“If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.” Mark 11:3 The Lord and his disciples “drew near to Jerusalem” at the Mount of Olives the week before he made his way to Golgotha. At this juncture in the storyline, […]

Continue reading

Instrumental

“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself… 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 Architects and artists, gourmet chefs and avid gardeners share a common denominator – tools. Each professional carries out his or her particular […]

Continue reading

Pleasing Him

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) This week garbage trucks are hauling away immense loads of torn wrapping paper, tangled ribbons, and crushed cardboard boxes that a few days ago served as beautiful decorations for our gifts. Underneath our Christmas trees we stacked an […]

Continue reading

Doorways

“Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the LORD; exult before him!” (Psalm 68:4) My grandmother owned an enormous bunch of curiously designed keys that jingled as she moved around her home on Vermont Avenue in Kingston, Jamaica. One of […]

Continue reading

Laden

“Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing….so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the […]

Continue reading

On the Run

“Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.” (2 Timothy 2:21) Final words reverberate with enormous significance; sounds uttered as the body surrenders carry the weight of a lifetime. In […]

Continue reading

Perfect Plan

“He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters.” (Psalm 18:16) In an attempt to explain life, we toss inaccurate phrases randomly into our conversation. “God never gives us more than we can bear,” is one such repetitive fallacy. For many of us, life dumps situations that are completely […]

Continue reading