There are certain words none of us want to hear again when 2020 ends. Besides practicing social distancing and hearing about a friend who was quarantined, there are three other words that have also become a catch phrase. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Face-to-face became important. Those words refer to students who sit in a classroom […]
500 Words For Your Spiritual Journey
Every last one of us is on a journey. However, some folks are reluctant to admit "where they are" on their particular pilgrimage. Each of the following 500-word blog posts below are pulled from my raw and personal journals in hopes that you are encouraged to either start or continue your journey led by Someone who offers Himself as a guide.
“We need to find out how much you weigh before the doctor comes in,” said the nurse. I’m always reluctant because when I stand on their scales, the digits on the LED screen won’t be truthful. My shoes, socks, underwear, pants, and belt all the way up to my shirt keep my real weight from […]
How would you answer the question, “What do you consider to be “real” beauty?” A person who chooses to smile despite their weathered life? Wildflowers along an interstate? An early morning sunrise? Nature is full of natural beauty. Lake Atitlan is regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. English writer, Aldous […]
You can be strong and courageous and run toward the unfairness of life or you can be numbed by your emotions.
When I see an open window it reminds me of the opportunity each of us has to spiritually breathe in fresh air, exhale, and talk to God. For the practicing Christian, prayer is oxygen. And like prayer, an open window is an escape from the four walls that encase our minds. But a lot of […]
When we look back at this year, was there anything good that came out of 2020? Hopefully, it is the time we were given to take a hard look at ourselves.
Martin Luther said, “The maid who sweeps her kitchen is doing the will of God just as much as the monk who prays-not because she may sing a Christian hymn as she sweeps, but because God loves clean floors.”
We know we need it, but avoid it. We crave it, but fill ourselves with something else. We revere people who take advantage of it, but aren’t convicted enough to follow suit. It is: REST. SABBATH. CALMNESS. SERENITY. DOWNTIME. We binge watch Netflix for hours, and hit the pause button when we’ve had enough, but do […]
The human condition can’t be ignored, but watching the worst of human nature in 2020 makes one want to look away. Destroying an exterior historical monument won’t change the hearts’ interior.
From his memoir, Telling Secrets, the late Frederick Buechner wrote, “To be at peace is to have peace inside yourself more or less in spite of what is going on outside yourself.”