Cursing the Crisis

A friend of mine recently shared that she had made a choice to stop “cursing the crisis”. In her case, the crisis was Covid’s many frustrations. While not diminishing the reality of the pain it has caused, I think she was speaking to her attitude about the crisis. I resonated with her comment as I too had been cursing the crisis. So what do we do? Do I curse the situation and complain, knowing that I have little to no

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Edge of Darkness:

We live in a world where we can enjoy beauty, laughter, wonderful weather and bounty one day and the next day face evil, darkness, pain, doubt and heavy burdens. Yet, in either case, we all have the promise of the nearness of God. I’ve often considered God’s presence a bit like The Matrix. I’m in the ‘ordinary’ world, yet I know another world is just a thought away. I thank God that He is indeed with me and He is

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The Shade of Love

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 My daughter and I went to Texas recently to visit my sweet sister who is valiantly and gracefully dealing with cancer. Because her immune system is weak, the doctor suggested she and her husband move to a more secluded place away from the college campus of Baylor. So, they are now living with dear, sweet, loving friends they have known since the mid-1980s.

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Sorrows Gate

For anyone who has been in some pain or grief, this poem is for you. I pray it reminds you that the darkness can bring about the unity and purity of your heart with God’s. I have seldom reached the bottomless pit or “dark night of the soul”, but pray that if you are in that place, you will know of His grand love and care, even in the midst of your doubt, hurt, pain or grief. I pray you

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The staple I have craved

For many years I trusted God but resisted His pull for my whole heart.   I would (and still can) so easily turn from God to pursue my own way.  It was as though some days I was living life on a razors’ edge – a non-committal place, yet a place of tremendous peril.   In this poem I try to convey the two sides –  the pain and darkness of turning away and the light and joy of being

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Swinging for the piñata!

Remember trying to crack open the piñata at a friend’s birthday party? There it was, a thing of great value, swinging from a rope tied to a tree limb. As a kid your only desire is to break it open. But you’re blind-folded, so you can’t ever hit the darn thing!   So a helpful parent comes along and does what all parents do at piñata parties.  First, they tell you to stop swinging (so they don’t get killed)! Then

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Thanks in Loss

A dear friend who I grew up with had a major stroke a few days ago.  He's in ICU and recovering slowly.    Yet, in the midst of their family's pain, I hear a calm, thankful confidence in their Facebook posts.   By what means does this concerned yet rejoicing tone exist? - In our broken world, we all suffer pain and loss....some small, some big.   Relationships will be broken, food will be scarce, friends will have strokes, bank

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A Shoot Sprang Forth

I was at a retreat center recently on a cold, windy drizzly day. I had a raincoat, boots and a sweater but even with all that, I still didn’t want to wander outside too much. The dark colors, broken limbs, dead leaves, gray sky and harsh wind all reminded me of the seeming death in winter. Yet, in reality, things are just sleeping in the winter and spring will come. Green will emerge, grass will grow, the sun will warm

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Victory over Death & Sin at Easter

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit. 1 Peter 3:18 ESV ~~~ At Easter we celebrate a great victory at a terrible cost.   The agonizing work Christ completed on the cross and His miraculous resurrection from death’s grip changed literally everything. For followers of Christ, Jesus’ victory over Satan and death is the trigger

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Born Condemned 

John 3:18 reminds us of a wonderful resolution to a horrific reality. M Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.  M Jesus didn’t come to earth to condemn us…we were already that way from birth…separated from God.   Desperately sad, but true.  M So, we need a Savior to release us from the prison of sin we’re born

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