Posts from January 2017 (Page 2)

Expressions of Prayer

In every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. – Philippians 4:6   (NIV) I work as a hospital chaplain, providing spiritual and emotional care to patients and their families. Usually I end my visits by offering to pray with the patient, lifting to God the hopes, concerns, requests, and…

The Pull of Heaven

We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace. —1 Chronicles 29:15   When we’re young, life seems to go slowly. But as we get older, we can’t believe how…

Old Yet New

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new.”—Revelation 21:5   In 2014, a sinkhole opened up under the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky, swallowing eight vintage, irreplaceable Chevrolet Corvette sports cars. The automobiles were severely damaged—some beyond repair. One car in particular received a lot of attention. The one-millionth Corvette,…

Our Source of Provision

The Lord is near to all who call on him.—Psalm 145:18   In August 2010, the attention of the world was focused on a mine shaft near Copiapó, Chile. Thirty-three miners huddled in the dark, trapped 2,300 feet underground. They had no idea if help would ever arrive. After seventeen days of waiting, they heard…

Did I Say That?

“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Let all…

Let Him Choose

He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” —Matthew 26:39   When my sons were growing and one of them had a few dollars to spend, I would…

Quiet Transformation

We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. – 2 Corinthians 3:18   (NIV) Jesus’ first miracle began with ordinary water poured into commonplace stone jars. As far as we know, Jesus didn’t stir the…

Dancing for Joy

I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. – Psalm 34:1   (NRSV) One gray London evening, I listened to a musician play in a public square. All around, toes tapped and fingers snapped in rhythm. Onlookers swayed, appearing tempted to dance; but nobody did, perhaps not…

Listening to God

The Lord God called . . . “Where are you?”—Genesis 3:9   My young son loves to hear my voice, except when I call his name loudly and sternly, followed by the question, “Where are you?” When I do that, I am usually calling for him because he has been into some mischief and is…

Ready to March?

Think about the Christian you want to be. What qualities do you want to have: more compassion…more conviction…more courage? What attitudes do you want to discontinue: greed…guilt…endless negativity? With God’s help you can! You can close the gap between the person you are and the person you want to be. Indeed, the person God made…