How All the Pieces Fit Together

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. – Ecclesiastes 3:11 I can tend to get a little lost at the end of the calendar year. I forget theContinue reading “How All the Pieces Fit Together”

In Whom We Live and Move and Have Our Being

Jesus Christ— our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace; the One through whom and for whom all things were made; and the One in whom we live and move and have our being— became flesh and made His dwelling among us. And nothing—neither death nor life, angels nor demons, the presentContinue reading “In Whom We Live and Move and Have Our Being”

Does the God You Follow Look Suspiciously Like Santa?

Have you ever thought about all the images of God you carry around in your head and heart without even realizing it? From time to time, I reflect on whether any false or lesser images of God have crept into my psyche. During one of these reflections a while back, I discovered that my imageContinue reading “Does the God You Follow Look Suspiciously Like Santa?”

Just Wondering: Some Questions for My Christian Brothers and Sisters

I’m having such a hard time these days with social media and the news. Hatred, anger, and fear underlie almost every post and report. I have been especially surprised by the reactions and comments of Christians. I haven’t been a follower of Jesus for that long—just since 2008—and I admit I follow him quite imperfectly.Continue reading “Just Wondering: Some Questions for My Christian Brothers and Sisters”

A Way to Pray for the World

Every news publication posts pictures daily that capture the horror (and beauty) of the human experience in this world. The temptation for me is to scroll through these pictures for information alone—to know what is happening in the world, to see it with my own eyes. But I’ve started to wonder what good it isContinue reading “A Way to Pray for the World”

A Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Father in heaven, thank you for your transforming presence in my life and in the world. Without you, I could never live in the ways you are calling me to live. My own instincts lead me to hold grudges, seek vengeance, complain, criticize, and yield to fear. My heart, left alone, wants to pick fights,Continue reading “A Thanksgiving Day Prayer”

A More Intentional Thanksgiving Table

For years I’ve longed for a more intentional experience around the Thanksgiving table. Of course, catching up and telling stories can be meaningful and create long-lasting memories. But often, conversation devolves into politics, sports, and gossip about neighbors, co-workers, or other family members. We lose sight of why we’re gathered and who it is we’reContinue reading “A More Intentional Thanksgiving Table”

Practicing Bravery

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until theContinue reading “Practicing Bravery”

Words for Our Daughters and Sons

Before your first breath God planted deep within you a longing to bring forth into the world his goodness and grace, crafted as you were by the hands of the master. Oh, you must know that before the foundation of the earth, you were assigned the eternal task of reflecting the beauty and life that is yours alone in ChristContinue reading “Words for Our Daughters and Sons”