Easter week, Psalm 41: The anger could not be avoided. It was open for all to see and hear, as tables were turned and irate voices followed. “Impossible. Embarrassing. Unlikely. What right does he have?” were the thoughts of the crowd. Others thought, “It is about time. Finally. Serves them right! Who would have the … Continue reading Unraveling sin, one thread at a time
Of course we want to run. Tears are not convenient. Grief is weighty. Pain is unwelcome. A bandaid helps, but wounds need air and time. Pain reliever brings relief, but the ache returns. And a little of this or that gives a welcome break, that is only temporary. Temporary. His Steps Surely, our griefs He Himself bore, … Continue reading Always Easier to Run from Sorrow and Pain
How do you feel when you stop, really stop, and realize you have taken someone or something for granted— a relationship, a job, education, or even just food on the table? I don’t like it when I come to this place. Its value, influence or proper place in my life was lost. Some things are … Continue reading Red, White, and Reconciled
Who doesn’t love a good race! My boys have run cross-country and track, and I so enjoy the battling it out at the end as the athlete gives every ounce of energy to push past their opponent towards the finish line. I also love the beginning of long distance races, as each runner bursts out, … Continue reading Qualified, yet not Measuring Up
What is the most shaping thing about you? What gives you your identity? Our identification speaks for us. ID Please: “Identification?” This is what I hear when traveling overseas. Really, I am being asked, “What country is your home? Where is the proof?” Or, “What is your identity?” For my international friends seeking to stay … Continue reading A Changed Identity Changing Everything
Last week it was soooo cold, and dreary. A tree in my yard seemed like it was trying so hard to bloom-- but was being held back by the sudden bursts of cold weather. The blowing wind and freezing temperatures were stifling growth. Everything seemed to be working against it. Doesn't it feel like that … Continue reading Wanting Victory, yet Feeling Defeated- What should I do?
My heart aches. It is a twisted, steady ache, that cannot be contained alone by my heart as it works its way down to my gut, into my now clinched fists and reaches up to my tight, ruffled brow. This sorrow must escape, so the tears flow, somewhat expectantly-- slowly down my cheeks, for something … Continue reading Finding the Real Deal in the Cross
In my upbringing, Lent was a time of the year when we ate fish on Fridays and gave up something like chocolate. In my mind, Lent was about self-denial-- and this was just suppose to be good for me. So, sometime like on the Tuesday before Lent commenced, I tried to decide what I would … Continue reading What Should I do with Lent?
The conversation went something like this: “I am giving up chocolate. What are you giving up? I am going to give up chocolate too. What about you Cindy, what are you going to give up? Well, I don’t really go to church or anything, but I think I will give up chocolate as well.” This … Continue reading What are you giving up? “Giving up” and giving more.
My family has easily been entertained at times, searching for and finding Waldo. You are probably familiar with these fun, but peculiar books, with an assortment of wacky and whimsical pictures and Waldo somewhere hidden within. I often picked up one of these books, in years past, to help the kids (and me) endure long … Continue reading Finding God in 40 days