God is Love

I don’t often get caught up in crazes roiling the internet, but I’ll have to say the current intense focus on events surrounding the death of Gabrielle Petito have gotten my attention. The widespread public engagement has powered a tsunami of supposition and wild...

Endurance

Clicks, info at the finger tips, instant gratification! Endurance isn’t a much-touted character trait in our culture. But things to be endured are piling up. It’s a different scene, and I’m having to remember some everyday, fact-of-life circumstances that, as a...
Trouble

Trouble

bad things happen The title of Rabbi Harold Kushner’s 1981 best seller, When Bad Things Happen to Good People, could be a subtitle of the Bible. Scripture is full of that! Try to find one biblical hero who didn’t walk through a dark cloud of “bad things.” We’ll get to...

Illness

promise of healing With COVID still around, whatever the version, we find ourselves thinking about illness and disease. Lives lost, a considerable impact on all levels of the economy, and personal frustration for every age group are facts of the day. Actually,...

“Lead Us Not into Temptation”

guidance When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we conclude with two petitions that deal with safety. After making a plea for forgiveness (based on our decision to forgive those who sin against us), we are to request that our Father lead us not into temptation. Seems simple...

Back to the Lord’s Prayer

forgiveness The prayer Jesus Christ gave his disciples when they said, “Teach us to pray” begins with an acknowledgment of the God being petitioned, the God Jesus taught all disciples, then and now, to address as “our Father.” The first request seems to be something...