O Gumption, Where Art Thou?

GUMPTION. A word with a hilarious sound, but heroic definition. The Greek word, deilos, is used when one is cowardly, and there is a needless fear of “loss.” Deilos, describes a person who has lost their gumption, or in other words their determination and courage. O Gumption, Where Art Thou? It might sound like the … Continue reading O Gumption, Where Art Thou?

Stalwart, yet Silent

Thoughts turn like the pages of a skeptic’s encyclopedia. Troubled times seem more like a series of pantomimed clues in a game of charades. Has certainty been shaken?Everyone’s mood more weathered than the change of seasons. Maybe it’s just the spring showers cascading a deeper hue of grey, hiding the rainbows from view. But, let’s … Continue reading Stalwart, yet Silent

2 Pillars of a Healthy Support System:

Pillars are more than just an architectural design for superstructure support. They have transcended to symbolic prominence. Pillars add status to stature. Architectural design glorifies the grandeur of pillars so that the eye cannot ignore the attention their purpose demands. Figuratively, however, pillars imply the principles by which an idea is supported. So that, if … Continue reading 2 Pillars of a Healthy Support System:

A Prayerful Resolution

When meditations escape out of quivering lips, and passionate pleas become droplets of linguistic scripts, we find some of the greatest literature ever written. The ‘art of living’ captured in words. We set aside time to synchronize the messages within, to the “then and now.” We call them literary giants. Classics to be read over … Continue reading A Prayerful Resolution

Ark before the Manger

Long before the sun crests over the hills, I awoke. As the rest of the house was slumbering in silence, I lit the Christmas tree. Tidbits of Christmas décor deck the halls, and the mantle is full with the familiar festivities of winter traditions. We rush to get them up, and then somehow, struggle to … Continue reading Ark before the Manger

Thoughts

Emotions give the impression to just appear with a like-minded mood. Actions can be thought through. Moments contemplated. Alternatives evaluated. However, we cannot always control our thoughts; thoughts just happen. The objective of Scripture is to awaken within us new thoughts that shape the trajectory of our heart. In the pages of the Bible, a … Continue reading Thoughts

Dread’s Love Letter

Fear. The shiver in your boots kind. An emotional tremble-in-awe with a palpitating heart seized with dread. Not a “Boo, I’ve got ya!” startled kind. Not a worshipful awe that shines light on a meditative rejoicing, but rather, a moon-ish one, cascading a sliver of light to reflect the reality of surrounding darkness. A fear … Continue reading Dread’s Love Letter

A Prophet’s Parable

The graphite tips dulled, the ink wells penned dry, and the cartridges emptied with the discourses on King David’s affair with Bathsheba are no jot and tittle. Volumes mark the explanations, and reading between the lines, to sort out the “whose to blames.” The story is captivating, yet heart-rending as the enigma of a Shepherd … Continue reading A Prophet’s Parable

The Pursuit

The lion’s pounce pilfered. The bear’s charge bereaved. The giant’s mockery muted (1 Samuel 17:34-36). Though another king and a son’s hatred kindled the flight into the wilderness, and enemies exploited a nation’s weakness. Though it took many military successes to restore the kingdom, and such wars demanded the temple’s delay. The kingdom’s prosperity rose … Continue reading The Pursuit

Order of Things

With every chink of metal against the hard packed ground, with every puff of dust, sweat mingled with salted tears. Yes, even death of our fury friends hurt. We cry, we miss them. Their presence give comfort. Why? How? Knowledge of their life span does not lessen the moment when breath vanishes its repetitive motion … Continue reading Order of Things