At first glance, it seems as though Jesus is propagating a scarcity mindset in his encounter with the Syrophoenician woman.
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
Lake Brienz, Switzerland. Photo: Mark Burkholder (Mark 6:31-34) Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” So they went away by themselves in a boat … Continue reading In The Boat
"Look for tangible expressions of God's intangible love", our pastor challenged us last week. What better place to see God's love than at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in Fredericksburg, Texas. As Mark and I scanned the vistas for a sign—a heart in nature—we didn't see a thing. All we saw was a rock shaped … Continue reading Hearts and Spines
Jesus died on Friday afternoon. It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon...Jesus...breathed his last (Luke 23:44-46). The faithful women disciples were with him to the very end. The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his … Continue reading As He Said
How does one accept the reality of pain and disappointment without losing hope? How do we surrender and face reality and yet not give up? How do we trust that God might never answer our prayer the way we want it and yet still keep asking for a miracle? How does one continue to experience loss and yet … Continue reading Pain and Hope
My devotional asks me, "What can I do to relieve the fears of others?" I am stopped short. I have been exacerbating fears, not relieving them. In Luke 23:28-31, Jesus says these words as he stumbles down the Via Delarosa: Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your … Continue reading Relieving my Fears