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

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

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

Purity’s Conscience

(PART 2 of 2): A continuation of Purity’s Caveat:  “The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;” – Psalm 19:8 Where else can we find such confidence in what is filtered from all impurities? There is a 'fountain of living water' from which … Continue reading Purity’s Conscience