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

A Shield, Not a Crutch

God is a sun, to light our life, and a shield to protect. Whether life is challenged by the terrors of night or the brazen wrongs of the day, God will enable us to ra’ah (intellectually observe) His salvation. If faith and truth are figurative to a shield, then trust is the handle by which … Continue reading A Shield, Not a Crutch

Astonishing Angels

Angels adore holiness or sulk in the shadow of revolts ruin (Isaiah 14:12-14). Purity of worship is the angel’s salvation (Revelations 5:11). Impurity in worship their damnation (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 1:6). Created before the lapse of time; repentance, forgiveness, and love’s redemption remain the mystery of infinite wonder to their immortal mind. While mortality … Continue reading Astonishing Angels

A Place at the Table

The upper room, a place for an intimate meal to share. Tradition merged with Truth. The host gives the guests receive. Eyes unlock a silent tongue. One face home to a crooked grin, the other composed a narrow smile. All stomachs filled, but not all heads anointed. The meal in unity shared, but the fellowship … Continue reading A Place at the Table

2 Lost Words

The hiss lingers like a ringing in my ear, as Eden’s same infamous disruptor rattles off, “you will be like God (Genesis 3:5).” But, as the hiss dissolves into an allotted meditation, I come to a clearer impression of the world’s upside-down standards. Lost to the barrage of organized chaos our lives appear at times … Continue reading 2 Lost Words