a sturdy folk with sores

“The rich man  lived in luxury every day, while in his driveway, laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed with hunger. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.” And Jesus continues the narrative. “Both men died.  Lazarus escorted by angels to the ‘lap of Abraham.’  The rich man’s destiny:  hell,…

Dawn emerges

“Whatever it may have been, it does not matter; I am here now.” His mercies are new every morning.  Thank the miracle-working God. His love never quits.

No turning back

I am thinking of two specific events recorded in the gospels (John 2) which describe Jesus bearing religious tension and worldly pressure.  Like a vice tightening, he began his submissive walk into “being  lifted up,” for my sin and yours. It is at that wedding when Jesus accompanies his mother.”Dear woman why are you involving…

I wish you were here…

I needed you today.  I am overwhelmed and needed you to be in the room when I walked in.   Jesus, you are more than my friend.  And I needed you so badly today. I wasn’t really in need of a rescue or a miracle, just in need of you. I needed to talk to…

Undefined, unnamed & unspoken

Very few times in my lifetime have I been unable to find the words to describe, name, or give a logical value to a situation.  The undefined, unnamed, and unspoken rush of emotion is deathly quiet. Tonight was that devastating situation-again.  No words. Jesus whispers, “Do you want to talk about it?” “No.”  there are…

The power of “YES”

“Yes, ” has momentum and affirmation.  It is a word full force with commitment and validation:  Yes, I will.  Yes, it is true.  Yes, I agree. Yes, can be the opening of something bursting full of new; narrow and straight.  The moment we utter our “Yes,” we become vulnerable with our expectations to walk forward…

What is a “storm family?”

I first heard the expression from Garrison Keillor describing a Lake Wobegon memory, “My storm family…” Meaning; on your walk home from school, the ice shanty, the local Methodist church; sets of children were assigned a place of shelter to stop and find comfort in the midst of a snowy-white-out blizzard in case they only…

Who are the poorest?

“But Nebuzaradan left behind the rest of the poorest people of the land to work the vineyards and fields.” Jeremiah 52 In the distance is a small pocket of people that pushed upward and called themselves a remnant.  Jeremiah warned.  He did.  He kept communicating each and every morsel that God told him.  Yet, he…

Orphan mentality

I heard someone describe adopting a child to be like making a forever-claim.  “You are mine forever.” Much more than picking something out to make it yours; like licking the tops of each doughnut to make both the sprinkled AND the glazed assortments cut off from others and exclusive to you. My sister described her…

RestLESS

disaster.  collapse. There are individuals standing under great pressure day after day waiting upon the Lord.  And they are restless individuals who love God with all their hearts, souls, and minds but have no strength left. It doesn’t take a holiday to taste their distress; it starts when the sun rises and the mad scramble…