No Man is an Island – I Thessalonians, Day 8 (the end)

“We are obliged to love one another. We are not strictly bound to ‘like’ one another. Love governs the will: ‘liking’ is a matter of sense and sensibility. Nevertheless, if we really love others it will not be too hard to like them also. If we wait for some people to become agreeable or attractive…

Out of this World – I Thessalonians, Day 6

a devotional response to I Thessalonians 4:13 – 18 One way or another God is going to get His children out of this world.  This is not a threat; it is a reality. For this reason, we have hope; Not a hope that is pie-in-the-sky wishful thinking, but a certainty and assurance grounded in the…

In Remembrance

To all who have been touched by the horrors of war, the despair of destruction, the agony of loss, may God grant you healing, and peace, and grace. Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runs into it, and is safe. II Corinthians 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of…

Psalm 46 – Stillness

Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;  3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.  10 Be still, and know that…

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…

Hearts are Broken

Hearts are broken, souls are torn, Struggling, wounded, and so worn. Let Your Spirit comfort be. Let our eyes Your mercy see. Help us, Lord, we cry to You. There is nothing more to do. All our help comes through Your hand. Grant us strength to stand. At the end of all we know Is…