See You at the Finish Line

  May, 2015.  It’s hot in Florida, but this is where the race begins.  It’s also where it ends.  One hundred miles in the Florida sun.  The Keys 100. Running is a sport our youngest son has embraced.  Along with the rest of his family, he recognizes that runners are a breed of their own.  Running has its own culture,  yet it’s a culture that includes much helpfulness and service. On this trip, one of … Read more

How a Stone, A Ladder, and an Altar brought Jacob Nearer to God

Definitions:   Birthright:  In Jewish custom and according to the Mosaic law, the birthright was given to the firstborn son of a man, whether or not he had a favorite son or more than one wife.  The birthright gave the son the leadership role in the family after the death of the father; he became the “priest” of the family.  (Deuteronomy 21:16-17). The recipient of the birthright inherited a double portion of all that the father possessed. … Read more

Come . . . and Dine

Early morning sunrise is one of the best parts of the day, especially if you’ve been up all night, don’t you agree? After fishing all night, I’m sure the disciples were ready to call it a night, especially when they hadn’t caught a thing. It was time to go home. The evening before, some of Jesus’ disciples had been together.  We know there were seven of them, but we only know some of their names: … Read more

The Lily in the Valley

Hidden Lilies The rake clears away fall leaves and winter twigs, leaving fresh white blossoms peeking out from under newly grown leaves.  It is spring, and I am surprised again when I discover Lily of the Valley blooming in my flower bed. After all these years, you’d think I’d remember these flowers.  Somehow I never do.   By the time winter is over, another year has come and gone since these flowers last bloomed. In those … Read more

On Gardening and May Day

It is May Day eve, and it is raining hard. For hours, the sky has threatened its downpour, and now it has come. I hear the pelting on the roof and I hear the wind. Inside, I am safe and warm. And tomorrow? Tomorrow is May Day. Tomorrow, the sun will shine. Tomorrow, “the flowers will appear on the earth, for the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the … Read more