• Truth, relevance and ashes

    Truth has always found itself a topic for litigation, probably today more than ever. How does something that can’t sway from the center line find itself so far out of bounds? The Old Testament warned that there would come a day when good would be called evil and evil would be called good. It would be wise to ask, “How does that happen?” How could two opposing views, thoughts or actions be confused one for the other? Likely because we tend to look at things through a lens of relevance. And there…

  • Love me, love my dog - ready to go when needed

    I call him, "my Precious." There is a bit of inside family humor in that name. Previously, he was known and prayed for by his more common name, the prodigal son. For years I prayed, "Bring home my prodigal son." And God heard me. Admittedly, I now pray, "Remind me why I wanted my Precious home?" When a grown son comes home, things change. He steps comfortably into new shoes and grabs the reigns like an old pro. When my prodigal son moved back from the Philippines, he said, "I'm bringing my two g…

  • Listen for the silence

    A writer stood at the podium and spoke. His first words, “When I came here two years ago, I met you in my nightmare hour.” He choked up and continued as I sat in disbelief. While I listened to him speak of his pain, I couldn’t help but think that my head must have been in a fog at the time. I had no idea the struggle this man was going through. He had never said anything before this moment. It made me wonder just how many people are carrying the weight of the world on their own shoulders, cryi…

  • Recognizing the seasons of harvest

    “Be wise and harvest in summer.” I immediately said to my Sweet Al, “What’s does that proverb mean? You don’t harvest during the summer months, you do it in the fall.” Am I wrong? Isn’t the definition of the word harvest, a process or period of gathering crops? After all, the April apple is still yet a blossom and the June apple is like a green tart marble. It is only in October that a big, luscious, juicy sweet apple is ready to be enjoyed. On the heels of that thought, I realized that I was …


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