Hearts and Spines

"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

Pain and Hope

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

Deeper than Hell

I pray that you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of God's love]. Ephesians 3:18 Finally, we come to the depth of God's love. God's Love is also deeper than Hell. One of the most gripping scenes in the Lord of the Rings is when Gandalf … Continue reading Deeper than Hell

Higher than the Heavens

I pray that you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of God's love]. Ephesians 3:18 A few months ago, I watched The Martian, starring Matt Damon. There is nothing like views of space, planets, stars and distances so far away it takes 24 minutes for a message … Continue reading Higher than the Heavens

Longer than the Earth

Job 11:7-9 Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?... Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea. Job confirms it. Not only is God's love wider than the sea, it is longer than the earth. I think this is what the Apostle Paul … Continue reading Longer than the Earth

Broader than the Sea

My favorite beach shot! Taken in 1997. I love everything about beaches. Even though as a child I grew up in the mountains of Papua New Guinea and played in streams and rivers, I was introduced to the ocean when first a missionary in Indonesia. Later I discovered other beauties such as St Lucia, Montenegro, … Continue reading Broader than the Sea

With All the Saints

I started this study of Paul's prayer because I wanted to explore his description of Christ's love. Finally, I have reached it.   And I pray that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people (the saints), to grasp how wide and long and high and … Continue reading With All the Saints

Rooted and Grounded

Here it is again! That all too familiar feeling of insecurity, of feeling unloved, of not being connected with the one I love the most. I know that feeling and can now recognize it when it sneaks up on me - the desire to whine, to manipulate schedules, subtle or not so subtle hints that … Continue reading Rooted and Grounded