Tag: health

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.27.2020

There is so much controversy swirling around us these days. Everywhere a person turns, someone is posting or postulating on what they do or do not like about current events. I try to stay away from the arguments. For many reasons, but mostly because it steals my joy. At times, I wonder if I will …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.26.2020

These are unusual times. This is not the first time there have been unusual times. Remember the wise teacher’s words in Ecclesiastes, History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.  Sometimes people say, “Here is something new!” But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.23.2020

“Have I ever told you the dream I have for my life? The thing I really want to do?” my friend asked me. “No. I don’t believe you have!” I responded. “Someday, I want to be a haven for children, ” she said. “It looks like that might be a reality by next summer.” And …

OUT OF THE CHAOS – 07.21.2020

Monday my daughter and I walked together. During our walk, she shared a dream with me she had the previous night. Disturbing to her, she wondered what she ought to do with it. Was it a warning? Should she call the people involved in the dream? Did it mean nothing? A dream comes when there …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.20.2020

I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places plains, and the crooked places will be made straight, and before the Lord will be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. This is our hope. Martin Luther King, August …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.18.2020

I wrote the meditation on John 8, featured on 07.17.2020, for a women’s event. As I worked to finish it and find just the right words to express what I experienced as I read about this woman and her encounter with Jesus, I could not find a word to describe the sound a rock makes …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.17.2020

The writing that follows is my exploration of what it might have been like to be with Jesus the day the woman was brought to him. Read slowly, allow the images to assault your senses. Feel the heat, the dust, the morning sunshine. Hear the noise of Jesus’ laughter, the crowds at the temple, the …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.16.2020

Jesus exemplified outrageous grace and mercy. While there are many illustrations of this quality, I am often drawn to the woman caught in the act of adultery. I have so many questions about this situation. According to the law, she and her partner should have been stoned. But where was he? Why was she only …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.15.2020

Years ago my neighbor’s son passed away. For too many years, the son turned to alcohol as a solace, essentially ruining his body. Finally, it just gave out. It sounds sad, and of course it was, except that along this route, the man said yes to Jesus and died at peace. My neighbor rejoiced that …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.04.2020

This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you, and it is not beyond your reach…I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. — God through Moses Deuteronomy 30:11, 16 Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his …