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

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

Where’s My Promised Land?

Do you ever find yourself wistfully longing for life to be less stressful? Less complicated? Less demanding? Less exhausting? Are you hungry and thirsty for something more? Sometimes we can clearly define that ‘something more’ we yearn for; other times, that ‘something more’ is inexplicable, but its absence is felt. I imagine each Israelite that was a part of … Continue reading Where’s My Promised Land?

Grasping Infinity

Infinity, is it really as tangible as hair and sand?      Psalm 40:12-13  For troubles without number have surrounded me; my iniquities have overtaken me; I am unable to see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my courage leaves me. LORD, be pleased to rescue me, hurry to help me, LORD. Psalm 139:17-18 … Continue reading Grasping Infinity

Put My Name On It

What ruptured thoughts can jolt the private conscience like the statement “Put my name on it.” Expectations creep into the array of outcomes. Words like reputation, motivation, venture, risk, incentive, and confidence echo to convey a synonym-like appeal. The phrase is similar to an English idiom “I’ll imprint with my ten fingers.” The point is … Continue reading Put My Name On It

Prayer’s Known Unknowns

What is the aim of prayer? Secure a blessing? Take up a holy confidence? Make a petition? Delight in God? If a maxim of prayer is “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you,” then persistence is implied (Matthew 7:7). I am … Continue reading Prayer’s Known Unknowns

Hung in the Balance

The earth in perpetual motion is joined perfectly suspended in marbled, orbital dance. Swivels not to the left nor to the right, but spins exactly as appointed. We trust the sun to contribute a day, and the moon to yield its phases by month. We trust earth’s faithful resolve to bid a year. All which … Continue reading Hung in the Balance

Wisdom’s Kaleidoscope

With summer approaching, the days are hot. Getting reprieve in a cold swim hole is like the welcoming of a friend you have not seen in years, refreshing! The kids (7,5,3) and I (really?) needed to disentangle from routine. A short drive deposited us at our destination. As we meandered along the hiking trail the … Continue reading Wisdom’s Kaleidoscope