Mercy Maker

“And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. (2 Corinthians 1:21-22) God is always giving to us. We like that. We are not as happy with the prospect of […]

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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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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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Well Shaped

“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith – more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire – may be found to result in praise and glory at the revelation of Jesus […]

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The Wilderness Way

“The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.” (Mark 1:12) The wilderness appears as wasteland. The weather is scorching, the living conditions exhausting, the nourishment scanty. Weary and haggard, we trudge through, begging desperately for this part of the journey to end quickly. Perhaps the worst part of the trek is the nagging sense […]

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Boulder

“And they were saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?’” (Mark 16:3) The spices weighed heavily in their arms; one thought was heaviest on their minds. The women had the strongest desire to anoint the body of their Lord, but they were far too […]

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The Other Side

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,     the Father of mercies and God of all comfort….” (2 Corinthians 1:3) After we have pushed through the entanglements of a dense forest, arms scratched from the impact of straggling branches, head bruised from colliding with low-­lying limbs, muscles whining from the strain of […]

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