Daughter, take courage.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Six times He spoke, separating light from darkness and water from land, calling into life all vegetation, plants and trees. He made the two great lights, the stars also, and placed them in the expanse of heaven. He formed all fish, the great sea monsters,Continue reading “Daughter, take courage.”

The Business of Seeing, The Work of Asking

For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. Hebrews 5:13-14 When God raised us from death in sin to life in Christ, He gave us new eyes (Matt. 13:16-17). ButContinue reading “The Business of Seeing, The Work of Asking”

Heights of Earth, Heights of Heaven

Perhaps one of the reasons that God allows so much time to pass between the last book of the Old Testament (Malachi, written in the 400s B.C.) and the first events of the New Testament is because God’s people needed to feel fully the weight of waiting. And as we know, what God had inContinue reading “Heights of Earth, Heights of Heaven”

High Places

Repetition is God’s signposting. Sometimes it takes me a while to spot a pattern, but then God brings it up again. And again. And again. I’ve said it before, but this textual maneuver means God wants us to do the work of asking Him to reveal what He is saying. And IF I’ve been payingContinue reading “High Places”

Naaman and Gehazi

The story of the servant girl and Naaman in 2 Kings 5 is particularly important to me. A few years ago, my mentor and friend Bill Dennison wrote a sermon* about this story when I was feeling altogether LOW. When I needed Bill in my life, God brought me Bill. And Bill taught me howContinue reading “Naaman and Gehazi”

On Earth as in Heaven

There’s a connection my brain is trying to make with the Lord’s Prayer. The prayer as a whole seems a concentration of all the things that are true, each line containing something infinitely profound. Taken together, these lines draw us close to the edge of something unfathomable and altogether spectacular. It’s too much for me.Continue reading “On Earth as in Heaven”

Tomorrow’s Bread, Today

The Lord’s Prayer Our Father which art in heaven,(1.1) Hallowed be thy name. (1.2) Thy kingdom come. (1.3) Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. ⭐ Give us this day our daily bread. ⭐(3.3) And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. (3.2) And lead us not into temptation,Continue reading “Tomorrow’s Bread, Today”