Invisible Capes

“Blessed be your discretion, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodguilt and from avenging myself with my own hand.” (I Samuel 25:33) My mother Pamela lived by some incredible truths: serving others is the very best use of your time; invite strangers to dinner, they just might become your friends; […]

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Flawless

“Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me!” (I Samuel 25:32) How would you respond if an army was charging toward your home to destroy everyone you held dear? What would you do if in a single moment of time your family would no longer cease to […]

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All This and More

  “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight.” (Ephesians 1:7-8) In the Garden of Gethsemane beneath an orchard of ancient olive trees sprouting silver-tinted leaves, I read again that you are “the […]

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Backyard Call

“He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.” (Psalm 91:4) The racket emanating from my backyard escalated, forcing me to abandon my task and discover what could possibly be creating such uproar. With the rumbling of thunder as backdrop, I peered […]

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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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Front Lines

“The greatest among you shall be your servant.” (Matthew 23:11) This new normal has become more burdensome with each passing day; hunkering down, wearing masks, and unemployment lines are horrible realities.  And yet, surprising heroes are popping up daily like that crop of hospital beds sprouting in the midst of city parks and convention centers. […]

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Take Heart

“Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me.” (John 16:32) No one understands isolation more than Jesus. With all hell bearing down on him, he implored his closest friends to stay nearby. But they succumbed to sleep, leaving him abandoned on the ground in Gethsemane with anguish as companion. On the night […]

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Withstood

“And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!” Matthew 27:28-29 We cry unfair when life’s a mess, and […]

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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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