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How Now Shall We Love?

I don’t think I’m alone in wondering what to give the people I love. But, lately I have been pondering what I think is a more difficult question. How should I give to the people I love? What do I give those who don’t want anything from me? In those […]

Fright or Light?

It lurks in the darkness, creeps along the edgings of panes, dangles just out of sight and reach. Yet, the sensitive follicles of our largest organ detect it first and raise a silent alarm. Our olfactory cilia smell it. Swallowing down any unpalatable bile, we pray no one else hears […]

They Will Know

A distinct memory and song have been playing through my mind this week. I am standing between my grandparents during a Sunday evening hymn sing. I am old enough to read words and music. But, as we sing, I do not understand how these words and this tune go together. […]

The Sweaters

A small stack of sweaters sits off to one side on my closet shelf. One is a boat-neck, striped, garter-stitch pattern in blue, white, and yellow. It hangs funny on me, and the shoulder seams are loose. I love this sweater. It is the first sweater I ever made. I […]

The Reason

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through […]

Truth Worth Believing

How does conviction occur? What does it take to believe something is true? What persuades others to believe it, too? Evidence. Studying the facts, searching for clues, and deducing through logic lead to undeniable truth. I do love a good mystery. I grew up reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. […]

Tough Love

Encountering a counterpart face-to-face can seem counterintuitive. Crossing paths might lead to feeling cross. Inferences about avoidance or interaction may cloud perspectives. Somehow people who should love each other quite honestly don’t. Or, if they do, their actions make their true feelings unclear. But, the Bible is clear whether we […]