Did you know our eyes are created to be windows of Joy? Proverbs says, “Light in the eyes rejoices the heart.” Seeing is joy. But we have a problem with our eyes. We need Jesus to help us see. To read more click this excerpt.
America is anxious. We spend $2 billion a year on anxiety medications. Almost one in five Americans suffers with a diagnosed anxiety disorder, and that doesn’t mean the other four of the five aren’t anxious. Those of us with diagnosed anxiety represent the overflow of the volcano—our whole culture boils with anxiety, but we can... Continue Reading →
Small children are good at joy. When we toss a child into the air and catch him, what will he say as soon as he stops giggling? “Do it again!” And again! And again! G.K. Chesterton writes about how this joy points to God’s joy: “Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit... Continue Reading →
This post is the second in a four-part series of devotions celebrating Advent. The earlier post titled "Advent Devotions 2016" provides an explanation and some encouragement about how to make use of these posts. God says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love,” (Jeremiah 31:3). ◊ Read this verse again, and put your name... Continue Reading →
Darkness: Two girls from my daughter's school will spend Christmas Day awaiting charges of conspiracy to commit murder. They intended to shoot students and teachers. Darkness: Yesterday my friends wept at the funeral of a sixteen-year-old boy who shot himself in his loving family's basement. Darkness: People dear to me face Christmas with empty chairs where those they... Continue Reading →
I have two images colliding in my mind today - the cosmos and the crèche. The sparks from this collision sear my heart with Jesus' words: "I judge no one," (John 8:15). Last Sunday our pastor displayed Hubble space telescope images. I gazed at swirls and bursts of infinite colorful stars, the beauty and glory splashed around the... Continue Reading →
I saw a picture of an Ethiopian "Bleeding Heart Baboon" and cringed to see the center of its chest open and red, the sides curving inward around the hole leading to his heart. Perhaps the picture is disturbing because it depicts a part of being human - the vulnerability of our hearts. Harsh words, failure, and rejection pierce our... Continue Reading →