star light, star bright

star light, star bright

Advent Series: Darkness & Light [Christmas | Week 4 |  Week 3 | Week 2 | Week 1] Have you been following the Christmas Star this week? This ultra-rare conjunction of two planets has caused quite a stir! And also some hype, eh? Were you, like me, rather...

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God’s sunrise

God’s sunrise

Advent Series: Darkness & Light [Christmas | Week 4 |  Week 3 | Week 2 | Week 1] Have you ever reacted in a curious and surprising way, embarrassing yourself? Laughing out loud at an inappropriate moment, for example. It’s not that it’s funny — usually far from...

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the great light show

the great light show

Advent Series: Darkness & Light [Christmas | Week 4 |  Week 3 | Week 2 | Week 1] Have you ever played the game, Would You Rather? Each participant must choose between two options, neither likely to be appealing. Let’s play. ;=) Would you rather: walk alone —...

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marvelous light

marvelous light

Advent Series: Darkness & Light [Christmas | Week 4 |  Week 3 | Week 2 | Week 1] Before anything else, there was God. He spoke. Then there was light. On this first Sunday of Advent, the creation story in Genesis may seem a strange place to start. Nonetheless,...

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cultivating thankfulness

cultivating thankfulness

"Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives....

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rainbow promises

rainbow promises

The unusually beautiful light brought me to my senses. An intense orange glow pushed past heavy curtains, spilled onto the floorboards, and flooded the space. I stumbled out of bed to pull the curtains back. The early morning horizon appeared as bright as noontime....

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meanwhile, God

meanwhile, God

This was not my finest hour. I'd been waiting for the “update” that hit my inbox on that Friday. Out of all submissions of late, I knew I’d nailed this one. I just knew it. Except that “update” proved me wrong -- again. Sadly, I did not receive this well. I was beyond...

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eternity in our hearts

eternity in our hearts

"GiGi, I will have some crackers and juice this time," my grandgirl asserted. I recalled the occasion months ago when I passed the communion plate over her head. Apparently, I'd offended her (again). This presented a precious opportunity talk about our faith. Clearly,...

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stones and such

stones and such

Last week we glamped with the grands at Lake Ontario. This was RV#3 experience, if the back yard trial counts? In the region where we stayed, the shoreline was mostly rock. Relentless water and wind pound the stones into submission. Flat discs in an array of colors...

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more of that fruit

more of that fruit

If you could only eat one fruit for the rest of your life, what would it be? My first thought is of this luscious peach, plucked in its prime in Sirince, Turkey. Sun-warmed and juicy, each bite nearly dissolved on its own accord. We enjoyed other fruit in the generous...

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