The twelve disciples reclined with Jesus, the guest of honor, around the table. Without warning, a woman (John's gospel identifies her as Mary, Lazarus' sister) pushed her way into this gathering of men and broke an expensive jar of scent worth a year's wages over Jesus' head. Immediately, criticism ensued.
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?”
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.
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
My first assignment for the new year in my spiritual practices course at Kavannah House, was the "Grand Examen". This is the process of looking closely at my past year to see what has happened and to notice where I sensed God's presence with me. So, I pulled out my journals for the year and began to flip … Continue reading Let Go and Release
Lane at 5 lbs, 8 oz "It is time to do a c-section," my doctor said around 8 pm on February 11, 1991. I had entered the hospital that morning to have my labor induced because I had preeclampsia and my baby (Lane Alden!) was very small. Preeclampsia is a medical condition characterized by high … Continue reading From C-Sections to Fistulas
Sometimes, Hollywood gets it right! While watching Disney's recent movie, Oz, the Great and Powerful, I was amazed. How is it that they could so beautifully illustrate the unique role of ezer kenegdo found in Genesis 2:18? This word has been translated as “help meet or suitable helper" but is better explained by author, Carolyn Custis James as a strong helper, … Continue reading Ezer in Oz