Saying “I’m Sorry” – No Ifs, Ands, or Buts

Saying “I’m sorry” can be so hard to do. It was a late Sunday afternoon and the sisters on the playground had been having a great time. One of them did something to upset the other one. Each of them wanted to tell me what the other one had done wrong, and neither was anxious to confess her own wrongdoing. The gentle playground scene changed instantly when the squabble began, and the swings and climbing … Read more

There’s a Snake in My House!

On that July morning, I had no idea that trouble had wound its way into my Eden. We found the snake behind my desk—all five feet of him stretched out beside the black computer cord, claiming territory in my office.     When he came, paradise left. You see, I don’t do snakes. I’ve done diapers, windows, and garbage. I’d helped build fence and stack wood. On rare occasions, I’ve emptied mouse traps. But I don’t … Read more

She Wouldn’t Turn Back

Ruth, a former Moabite woman, impacted each of us.  Although she lived 4000 years before us, her choices affect us today. The Moabites were descendants of Moab, the son of Lot (Abraham’s nephew) from an incestuous relationship with his own daughter.  The Moabite people were pagan; they did not worship Jehovah God.  So how did Ruth, a Moabitess, come to be in the genealogy of Jesus Christ?! That’s an interesting story.  There is a famine … Read more

Tune My Heart

  We each have our monuments – our times, places, and ways of remembering.  As children of God, we also have altars: places where we have met God.  In the course of Biblical history, many altars and memorials were erected.   This was how God’s people confessed sin and offered praise. It was not only a way of life for God’s chosen people; it was a command.  It was how He kept tuning their hearts. Over … Read more

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