Posts from November 2015

With Us and in Us

I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever. —John 14:16   My son had just started nursery school. The first day he cried and declared, “I don’t like school.” My husband and I talked to him about it. “We may not be physically…

Mighty Warrior

The angel of the LORD appeared to [Gideon] and said to him, “The LORD is with you, you mighty warrior.” – Judges 6:12   (NRSV) When God called me to lead our congregation, I was afraid. It is one thing to help the pastor and quite another to take on that role myself. When reading…

The Thanks We Owe

Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! —Psalm 107:21   How like us to forget to give thanks. We are so quick to come to God in times of need. We pray, “Lord, get me out of this” or “Lord…

Does Your Inside Match Your Outside?

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” MT 5:8 Once a father told his child to sit down. The child refused. Again the father told his child to sit down, and again the child stubbornly refused. Finally, the father said, “If you don’t sit down I’m going to give you a…

The Sounds of Silence

The lips of the righteous nourish many. —Proverbs 10:21   A fishing buddy of mine observed, “Shallow streams make the most noise,” a delightful turn on the old adage, “Still waters run deep.” He meant, of course, that people who make the most noise tend to have little of substance to say. The flip side…

The Main Event

One thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part. nkjv —Luke 10:42   While watching a fireworks display during a celebration in my city, I became distracted. Off to the right and the left of the main event, smaller fireworks occasionally popped up in the sky. They were good, but watching them caused…

What Are You Willing to Risk?

What kind of risks are you willing to take for Jesus? In the book of Ruth, Naomi hatches a plan to see her widowed daughter Ruth get a husband who can give her children. She tells Ruth to spruce herself up and present herself to Boaz, a relative quite a bit older than Ruth, who…

Reflecting the Son

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. —John 1:5   Due to its location among sheer mountains and its northern latitude, Rjukan, Norway, does not see natural sunlight from October to March. To lighten up the town, the citizens installed large mirrors on the mountainside to reflect the sunrays…

Safe in His Arms

As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you. —Isaiah 66:13   I sat next to my daughter’s bed in a recovery room after she had undergone surgery. When her eyes fluttered open, she realized she was uncomfortable and started to cry. I tried to reassure her by stroking her arm, but she…

Who We Are

You are . . . God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. —1 Peter 2:9   In her autobiography, Corrie ten Boom described her and her sister Betsie’s horrific time in a **** concentration camp in the early 1940s. On one…