A Good Dog

He entered our lives fourteen years ago as a wiggling ball of fur leaving trail of pee in his wake.  We lived through his chewing, his digging, and his loving. He never lost his smile, and his tail, though it slowed in the last few months, never stopped wagging. (I always wondered how that tail…

Once Upon a Time Destiny

How amazing that as we faithfully pursue our daily responsibilities God leads us into our destinies. We look for the fairy tale, for the happily ever after, but life is in the doing, the meeting of daily challenges, the grub and the grime of everyday obedience to God’s way. The eternal ramifications of this faithfulness…

Can You Iron a Bible?

If you are going to spill coffee on your Bible, Leviticus is a good place for it to land.  Leviticus is an important book in the Bible, but it is not where I spend most of my Bible study time. So, this morning I got up early to finish off Leviticus with my morning cup…

Three Thoughts from Hebrews 11

If we want to leave a legacy, we should live our faith. (Hebrews 11:4) Faith doesn’t always reveal the destination, but it always starts a journey. (Hebrews 11:8) When the patriarchs of the faith left their country, it was no longer on their mind.  Instead, they looked ahead to a new life, a new home,…

Walking Through Lamentations – Day 2

a devotional response to Lamentations 3  Lamentations 3 This chapter appears like a spring in the desert, bubbling forth hope in the middle of judgment and sorrow. Lamentations 3: 22 It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 24 The…

Caught in the Doldrums

In the years before engines powered great sailing vessels, a ship crossing the Equator could drift for days waiting to catch a fresh breeze that would move it forward.  The ship and all those on it were caught in the Doldrums, a hot, miserable place that sapped energy and derailed hope.  The experience was so…

Letting Go

Sorrow and death have permeated our lives for the last several weeks.   The death of a loved co-worker, the sudden illness and passing of a family member, the homegoing of a friend’s father, a violent crime that ended the life of a friend’s child…all life changing, all devastating, all carrying us to the precipice of…