Posts from May 2016

Praise from Pure Hearts

A broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. —Psalm 51:17   During my friend Myrna’s travels to another country, she visited a church for worship. She noticed that as people entered the sanctuary they immediately knelt and prayed, facing away from the front of the church. My friend learned that people in that…

More Than An Option

In all your ways acknowledge [the Lord], and he will make straight your paths. – Proverbs 3:6   (NRSV) I was walking my dog in our neighborhood on a beautiful spring evening. Along the way, I observed a grandfather who was on an outing with his two small granddaughters. When they neared the road, the…

What Is That Smell?

“But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.” —1 Corinthians 15:57   Years ago I had a dog named Irlo. I didn’t name him. He came pre-named. He was a German shepherd, and without question the best dog I have ever had. One night after Cathe had…

Flowing Peace

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. —John 14:27   “I’m not surprised you lead retreats,” said an acquaintance in my exercise class. “You have a good aura.” I was jolted but pleased by her comment, because I realized that what she saw as an “aura” in me, I understood to be…

God Honors You

Jesus’ love does not depend upon what we do for him. Not at all. In the eyes of the King, you have value simply because you are. You don’t have to look nice or perform well. Your value is inborn. Period. Think about that for just a minute. You are valuable just because you exist.…

No Worries

Let us go over to the other side. —Mark 4:35   A comfortable plane ride was about to get bumpy. The voice of the captain interrupted in-flight beverage service and asked passengers to make sure their seatbelts were fastened. Soon the plane began to roll and pitch like a ship on a wind-whipped ocean. While…

Why Me?

Why have I found such favor in your eyes? —Ruth 2:10   Ruth was a foreigner. She was a widow. She was poor. In many parts of the world today she would be considered a nobody—someone whose future doesn’t hold any hope. However, Ruth found favor in the eyes of a relative of her deceased…

Shipwrecked Faith

Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked. —1 Timothy 1:19   All of us hope for clear sailing in the sea of life. But there are storms that come our way, and there are shipwrecks…

Paddling Home

One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. —Philippians 3:13   I like Reepicheep, C. S. Lewis’ tough little talking mouse in the Chronicles of Narnia series. Determined to reach the “utter East” and join the great lion Aslan [symbolic of Christ], Reepicheep declares his resolve: “While I may,…

Great Literature

How sweet are your words . . . , sweeter than honey to my mouth! —Psalm 119:103   Recently I came across an article describing what constitutes great literature. The author suggested that great literature “changes you. When you are done reading, you’re a different person.” In that light, the Word of God will always…