Up in Smoke

As a way to deal with the 2020 pandemic, I am remembering God's goodness and protection and telling of his works to the next generation. This is the first in a series on the Lombok riots of January 2000 — another time when life was upended, uncertain, and anxiety-ridden.

Upended

Mary was all set to marry Joseph and raise a normal Jewish family in Nazareth. She expected to follow in her mother's footsteps. She was probably already dreaming of how she would keep her kitchen, raise her children and organize her days. But all that changed in an instant.

Last Words

And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. Luke 1:38 After receiving her commissioning and being reassured that God was at work, Mary responded with three beautiful last words. Behold (which we don't use these days) means "See! Look! … Continue reading Last Words

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

Surrender what You Claim

In this 5th line of our prayer, we are asked to be willing to surrender what God claims, to surrender what we already have or whatever God asks of us, withholding nothing. I already talked about what it took to surrender my home in Pennsylvania to move to Texas. Over the years, other gigantic surrenders … Continue reading Surrender what You Claim