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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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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Front Row

“But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”  (I Peter 3:4) At funerals no one clamors for the front row. For concerts and Broadway shows the best seats in the house are difficult to come […]

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Canopy

“They were all amazed and glorified God, saying, ‘We never saw anything like this!’” (Mark 1:12) We enjoy packaging God in manageable proportions: a single serving of Deity, not too much to overindulge our spiritual palate. If he is just the right size, then we fit him into our day in the appropriate places and […]

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Well Spring

“So Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well.” (John 4:6) Christ knew no lack when he ruled from heaven, but while journeying through Samaria the Creator was thirsty, needy, wanting. Allowing himself to be dependent on others, shielding his omnipotence, he positioned himself inside of time and space, accepting […]

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Intertwined

“And because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade.” (Acts 18:3) Usually, when we need a spark of encouragement, a scriptural vitamin-­B shot to extinguish our physical or spiritual malaise, we plunge into the poetry of the Psalms. Surprisingly, and where we least expect […]

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Striving

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1) Every human being breathes beneath the awning of heaven and is confronted relentlessly with the speech of stars and planets, clouds and wind, searing sunshine and luminescent moonbeams. Rainfall, thunderclaps, and snowstorms declare God as glorious, mighty, brilliant, ordered, […]

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Tolls

“Present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.” (Romans 6:13) They supposed that by conniving and deceit they could shove the carpenter into a corner, suffocate him with shavings of words, pin him with nail-­‐-­‐-­‐pointed questions. They were the religious […]

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Beautiful Way

“I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. For great is your steadfast love toward me…” (Psalm 86:12-­13) She raised her arms as high as she could lift them, her face turned upward as if she saw what was invisible to others in […]

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