Challenge for the New Year

“A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” –credited to John Shedd, 1928 As I sit in the quietness of my home and contemplate the new year before me, this quote is a challenge.  It takes me back to the Israelites in the book of Joshua. God…

How to Survive in Despair

Read Mark 5: 21 – 43 Everyone told Jairus it was no use.  “Don’t bother talking to Jesus.  You daughter is dead.”  But Jesus’ only words were “Don’t be afraid; only believe” (Mark 5:36). These are the same words God speaks to us when we stand in the middle of unspeakable horror, numbing sorrow, and…