Hold On

“Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.” (I Samuel 12:24) We can choose to become unglued now, choose to throw ourselves on the floor and have a super-sized temper tantrum because nothing is unfolding normally. Considering the fact that everything […]

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In the Company of Rats

“Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things, let them consider the steadfast love of the LORD.” (Psalm 107:43)                                                                         […]

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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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Beyond Bountiful

“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” (2 Corinthians 9:6) In all likelihood, nothing fits in a fist closed tight. A clenched hand, fingers turned inward with nails pressed into palm will never hold a thing, will never be on the receiving side. […]

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Routinely

“Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.” Isaiah 12:5 The cardinal fluttered by on Friday and settled for a smidge on the garden fence, its royal red robe instantly mesmerizing. Perched on the pole like a model waiting for the cameras to roll, […]

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Shows Up

“For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.” (Psalm 107:9) You meet me in the ordinary, where cobwebs and dust collide and leftovers are the order of the day. In the absence of dazzling or noteworthy and an abundance of drab and homespun, you show up to surprise. […]

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Sea of Tiberias

“Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.” John 21:4 He came to them by the Sea of Tiberias when they had lost their way. Fishing was their specialty before the Carpenter of Nazareth turned their worlds upside down and called them to […]

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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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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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Ends of the Earth

“A devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God.” (Acts 10:2) Prayer is a mystery, deep and wide and way beyond us all. We attempt to fathom its meaning, to discern how it works, but we come up short time and time again. […]

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