Freedom is a Choice

In my younger days, I didn’t understand the freedom of choice. In my younger days, I wasn’t good at the “like water on a duck’s back” thing. But then, I wasn’t a duck. I’m still not a duck, but I’ve learned to quack less and just let the water run off instead of splashing and gnashing as human nature tempts me to do. Ducks are good at that. Their feathers are designed to shed water … Read more

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

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 … Read more