life together

“A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses. I can no longer condemn or hate a brother for whom I pray, no matter how much trouble he causes me. His face, that hitherto may have been strange and intolerable to me, is transformed in intercession…

falling leaves

“Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5 I have always loved autumn. Though many people seem to look forward to the warmth of spring and summer, there is just something refreshing about this transitional season that rejuvenates my soul. I love the crisp feeling of the first trace of brisk autumn air, and…

reason to hope

“Lose your hope, lose your life.” Dr. Viktor Frankl Dr. Viktor Frankl was a survivor of the holocaust in Nazi Germany. Years later, while writing a book about the individual search for meaning in life, Dr. Frankl shared a story about the day that he first arrived in the concentration camp. After finding a place in the…

no longer my own

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing.” Edmond Burke I choose to begin most mornings with a time of worship and prayer. Because I find great meaning in the liturgies of the Church, I often recite a liturgical prayer out of the United Methodist Hymnal that…

the still small voice

“…and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and…

telling the truth

“If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” ~Jesus   No one really understands why he did it. By anyone’s account, Eddie Vernon was a fairly normal, well-adjusted seventh grade student at Audobon Middle School in East…

crossing the street

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you…” Isaiah 41:10   It all happened so fast. One second I was running into the street as fast as my little legs would carry me, and the very…

the wounded dog

“But if you are patient, and you wait long enough, That dog will eventually come out from under the porch.” ~ Grandpa Fourkiller, The Cherokee Word for Water   It is almost impossible to accept that there are people in modern America who do not have access to clean drinking water. Nonetheless, this was the…

it is well with my soul

When peace like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, though hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul.   By 1873, successful Chicago attorney Horatio Spafford had lost all of his holdings to the “Great Chicago Fire,” and his son to…

teammates

“My point is that your vocation will in some fundamental way be aligned with how you see the brokenness of the world. It is imperative therefore that you respond according to your own perception of the world’s brokenness. It is equally imperative that you no judge others if they do not see or feel the…

the end of the story

“I never lost faith in the end of the story, I never doubted not only that I would get out, but also that I would prevail in the end and turn the experience into the defining event of my life, which, in retrospect, I would not trade.”                                                                         ~ James Bond Stockdale James Stockdale was…

blurry lenses

If I had been able to see well enough, I could literally have watched the color drain from my mother’s face. Suffice it to say, she had already told me more than once not to do what I was about to do. Nonetheless, first grade logic is what it is, and so there I stood,…