Relief is a hot commodity these days. Relief from the new strand of Covid. Relief from college loan debt. Relief from increasing mental illnesses. Relief from a stressed economy as restaurants and businesses close due to lack of workers. Some of us escape reality, or even people, by refusing to talk to our spouse, relatives, […]
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.
At the beginning of every work day at a previous employer, a boss of mine was asked, “How are you doing?” and she always responded with two words: “Just Peachy.” Her sincerity reeked like peaches left on a kitchen counter for a week. It’s hard to find folks who are real about real life, they’re […]
What could anyone possibly add to the moment that accurately describes it better?
“Faith means believing in advance what will only make sense in reverse.” (Philip Yancey)
A man preaches from a street corner on Frazier Avenue in downtown Chattanooga, yet the public continues their business. He is loud and his words at first sound condemning. My wife and I ate our ice cream from Clumpie’s as we walked past him. The next day I drive down Shallowford Road and there he […]
Guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Ryan Stevenson, knows a thing or two about loss and grief. According to songfacts.com, “He was very close to his mother, and he credits her as the one who really nurtured his music through her prayers and support. An only child, the Idaho-based songwriter was devastated when she died of bone […]
Henry, a resident of a nursing home, leaves his room one afternoon and slowly walks to the main office. When he arrives, he tries turning the knob but realizes it’s locked. He looks at the window and sees the crooked “Closed” sign and gets perturbed. But he sees something taped to the door. He pulls […]
The ghoulish sound from coyotes atop White Oak Mountain in North Georgia. An owl coos in a cypress pine tree right outside our bedroom window after 3:30 in the a.m. A train moans as it runs parallel with Ringgold/Ooltewah road around four a.m. followed by howling in the garage below from our two Labrador Retrievers, […]
Sometimes, it takes a graphic approach to wake up people, that hopefully results in widened eyes, an open heart, a stretched mind, and an unclenched fist. However, in today’s uninhibited world, a lot of folks aren’t fazed by what used to shock people. And they don’t appear to be lacking in knowledge. When in doubt, […]
So how do you back away from a weak limb of faith and climb further up the tree toward the light?