Found

“And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:12) Babies are helpless, totally dependent on the care of others, completely incapable of meeting any of their own needs. They squawk and cry to communicate, bawl when hungry, wail when sleep-­‐deprived. The […]

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Life Journey

“And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. But they had no child….” (Luke 1:6-­‐7a) Zipping through the Christmas narrative, we may easily overlook the opening players in the drama that unfolds around the Christ Child. Writing his “orderly account,” Luke first introduces us to an […]

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

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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, and […]

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Inside Out

“For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:14) David’s songs resonate like water heaving itself across rugged cliffs and plunging hundreds of feet to crash on river rock below; his psalms have the voice of a thousand waterfalls cascading in full force. In the compelling language of Psalm 103, God is beyond […]

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Precarious

“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.” (Hebrews 1:3) The white envelope sat menacingly on my desk, daring me to read its contents. I eyed the suspicious return label for days, knowing perfectly well that a […]

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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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Morning Muddles

“If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.” (Psalm 139:9-­‐10) Believing a lie is easy at times. When pain is pressing down our backs, bill collectors are breaking down our doors, or a […]

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Valuable

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases…” (Psalm 103:2-3) Boarding a Boeing 747, purchasing Sudafed at Target, and driving into a ritzy South Florida neighborhood share a common thread. Stitching those random scenarios together is the fact that we must […]

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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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