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 […]

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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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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, we may pay him homage by re-reading portions of his biography chronicled by St. Luke. His story is compelling and his actions worthy […]

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First Call

“Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” (Psalm 143:8) At the outset, before I enter into conversation with another human being, I direct my three-ring-circus thoughts to you. Since you were […]

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On the Way

“In my Father’s house are many rooms…” (John 14:2a) For almost two hours our team bumped along in a van with little or no shock absorbers. The dark Zambian sky obscured the roadway ahead creating aerie shadows in the desolate countryside. Our bodies rattled and rolled on thin, worn-out seats as we drove along the […]

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Thirty Minutes or So

“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually.” Psalm 105:4 It was a simple request and an easy one for me to fulfill. I read my colleague’s text and shot back a quick yes when he asked, “May I have thirty minutes of your time?” We had recently collaborated on a significant project, […]

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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 […]

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Small World

“Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” Mark 5:19 If for a moment I conclude that God is far removed from my world, I need only skim a few pages of the Gospel to gather an altogether different […]

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Refocus and Realign

“Your way O God is holy. What God is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders.” (Psalm 77:13) On most days, we pursue a frantic treadmill pace, with constant tumultuous noise buzzing in our ears from diverse, compelling sources. Distracted by this hectic combination, it proves difficult to focus on who […]

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Rest Stop

“Come away by yourselves….” (Mark 6:30) Squeezed between the horrific beheading of John the Baptist and the magnificent miracle of the five thousand stands an overlooked passage that invites us to love Jesus more deeply. Mark 6:30 reads, “The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he […]

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