My husband and I were making our preparations to return to Indonesia after our home assignment in the US. On the political scene, Al-Qaeda cells erupted daily in that majority-Muslim country. The strategies of these extremists became dining table discussions among our family and friends. They asked us again and again, “Aren’t you afraid to go back there?”
I feel a new weight of responsibility, a heaviness. This confuses me since life is marching along quite well at this time.
How sad that I have so often skipped this phrase in my eagerness to jump to the armor of God. I never noticed that first I am admonished to strengthen myself.
On the brink of their marriage, we—the parents of the groom—said these words to our son and his bride.
When I read Paul's words, my first assumption was that he must have been nearly perfect. For I too have been influenced by the older generation to believe that leaders and mentors should not show any weakness. So how can Paul say that? It seems presumptuous, audacious, proud. Who does he think he is?
Why is it when everything is nearly perfect, it always changes? My nearly perfect pastor resigned last week. Of course, I know as a man he's not perfect, and I didn't even know him personally, but the church's mix of style, doctrine, leadership and preaching was nearly perfect for me. This feeling isn't new. I've … Continue reading The Certainty of Change
Image by Mark Filter from Pixabay "Let's call her and tell her you are sorry about her father and ask her if she wants to come over to play", my mother coached me after breaking the news that my best friend's father had just perished in a tragic airplane crash in the highlands of Papua … Continue reading Loss: Common and Cross-Cultural
Welcome to my new blog site. I'm so glad you found me. The name is the same and all my previous posts are here so you won't miss anything. In 2013, I timidly stuck my big toe in the world of blogging, ready to pull it back out if it got too uncomfortable. Many of … Continue reading Onward and Upward