God’s Reluctant Kids

I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked man, says the Lord, but rather in his conversion that he may live. Ezekiel 33:11 I spent my entire teaching career with kids who had to worry about a lot more than which box of cereal to choose for breakfast. When I became a reading … Continue reading

My Dear Archangel

As I watched, thrones were set up and the Ancient One took his throne. His clothing was snow bright, and the hair on his head as white as wool… From Daniel 7:9 Daniel’s imagery provides a fairly accurate picture of my earliest impressions of God. The adults around me did a very good job of … Continue reading

Joyful Escapes

Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands; break into song; sing praise. Psalm 98:4 Whenever we find the time, my husband and I drive north to our favorite getaway, a little log cabin in the woods. Though we always leave plenty of work behind us at home, we give in to these much-needed opportunities … Continue reading

God’s Steadying Presence

With me at your right hand, you will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8 When the patio door refused to slide open, my husband rubbed his forehead and asked, “Now what?” As he checked the door from top to bottom, he added, “But if this is the worst that happens today, I’m a lucky man.” I … Continue reading

God’s Calming Presence

I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand, calming your fears. Isaiah 41:13 While at the grocery store, I ran into a woman who wore a very familiar-looking sling. I couldn’t help asking if she’d had shoulder surgery. When she replied it the affirmative, I listened to her recovery to … Continue reading

Make A World of Difference

Recently, when our parish church was in the midst of a renovation, I peeked inside to check progress. In the process, I couldn’t help noticing the paint crew’s care as they worked. They covered every piece of immovable furniture and then sanded, stained and painted as carefully as possible. One morning while the painters worked … Continue reading