Beginning of the End

Friends are our antidote for loneliness. They can be our rescue from anxiety. When we are feeling defeated by this world, they can redirect us to truth and hope. They remind us of that which is praiseworthy in our lives. And sometimes, they just sit with us when words won’t suffice. Reading John 12:1-2 (yes,Continue reading “Beginning of the End”

Into His Marvelous Light

One minute he was dead. And the next minute, he was standing in marvelous light. Yes, Lazarus died. In fact, by the time Jesus arrived on the scene, Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Wrapped in burial cloths with spices (visualize an Egyptian mummy and you get the picture), he wasContinue reading “Into His Marvelous Light”

Two words

Twenty something years ago, Keith and I experienced painful  rejection, shocking betrayal and the death of several relationships with people we dearly loved. I distinctly remember waking up one morning and thinking I would never, ever experience happiness again because the pain ran so deep. It was a devastating, dark period in our lives that IContinue reading “Two words”

Question asked of everyone

On this point, we can all agree! Every one of us hates (and yes, I intentionally chose this strong word) the same thing. And so does God. It’s inevitable. No human can defeat it. Solomon said that it “is the destiny of every man.” So most of the time we respond by doing the onlyContinue reading “Question asked of everyone”

Never late!

Recently we sang a song at church where we declared that God is a “way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper and a light in the darkness.” The song continued, “Even when I don’t see it, You’re working. Even when I don’t feel it, You’re working. You never stop, You never stop working.” Voices sang louder…andContinue reading “Never late!”

The value of a comma

I don’t remember the details but I was very, very young when I committed Psalm 23 to memory. It must have been a Sunday School teacher who encouraged me to memorize the Bible passage that is probably the most familiar to people. What I actually do remember vividly is being confused. Why? Because I learnedContinue reading “The value of a comma”

The Gate

     Do you think his parents prayed for a healthy baby? Do you think they asked God to heal their baby’s eyes when they realized he was blind? I do. But the answer they wanted didn’t come…until it was God’s perfect time to say “yes.”      Yes, because of God’s compassion and love,Continue reading “The Gate”

I know that I know

“I can see! I can see smiles. I can see sunsets and sunrises. I can see colors. I can see where I am walking. I can see!” Jesus healed the blind beggar and for the very first time in his life, he could see. He would be forever changed. Can you imagine his awe andContinue reading “I know that I know”

“I see!”

Multiple miracles. The gift of sight. Freedom from a life of begging. A life changed forever. Jesus revealing more of His identity. But alas, people argued. People divided. Lots of drama can be discovered by reading John 9:6-16. Jesus spit on the ground, made some mud with His saliva, and put it on the blind man’sContinue reading ““I see!””

“What are you doing about it?”

Look at those smiles! Aren’t they beautiful? I’m going to tell you more about these precious girls who I’ve grown to cherish; but first, let me tell you why they came to mind. I was only able to read one more sentence in John’s gospel, verse 9:2, before I was struck by the callousness ofContinue reading ““What are you doing about it?””