A Legacy of Thankfulness

A Legacy of Thankfulness

Recently as I was driving I found myself wondering how I’d want my girls to feel when my time was over and I was gone. (Apparently I’m morbid like that.) What was the legacy I wanted to leave behind? What impression did I want to instill on those I went on ahead of? Did I want them to feel love? …

The Fish in Jonah's Puddle

The Fish in Jonah’s Puddle – Part Eight

(If you’d like to, you can read the previous chapters here.) THE STORY SO FAR: Jonah’s parents were recently eaten by a demon, and he is on a quest to get them back.  So, with his friends Stuart the salmon, Humphrey the troll and Calisto the harpy, he is traversing the dimensions to find a way to stop the demon and get …

The Boundless Mercy of God

The Boundless Mercy of God

Pope Francis once said that, “God forgives not with a decree but with a caress. … Jesus too goes beyond the law and forgives by caressing the wounds of our sins.”(1) That creates quite an image, doesn’t it? The perfect, holy God of the universe, creator of galaxies and gluons, sees the wounds you have inflicted on yourself, the pain …

Rediscovering God

Rediscovering God

Do you know who God is? Have you personally met Him? If not, it’s time to do so. I once heard a very wise, learned man say that he had spent years digging out who God is so that others wouldn’t have to. What he meant was that he could teach people through his experiences, and that is true and good. But …

Treating Pain Like a Phoenix

Treating Pain Like a Phoenix

Have you ever felt a pain which cut so deep that it was like a hot knife was sawing through your guts? When all you could do was curl up in a ball and cry out “Why, God?” When all of the reason in the world, all of the beauty, all of the certainties were shrouded behind a wall of …

Shadows and Stained Glass

Shadows and Stained Glass

For this holiday weekend I have something a little different for you.  I hope you enjoy it, and that it sticks with you long after you’ve finished reading.  May I present “Shadows and Stained Glass.” The moon wades into the restless ocean, Scattering captions of light across the cresting waves. Perhaps it tries to speak to him of brighter tomorrows, …

The Dizzying Love of God

The Dizzying Love of God

Imagine. You are standing in a throne room that seems to stretch on for miles. The floor beneath you is made of something like glass, and below it, above you and before you rotates the spinning, glittering cartwheel of the universe. Lightning and thunder electrify the air. Rainbows arc and spark and gleam. Creatures nearly impossible to comprehend stand at …

The Fish in Jonah's Puddle

The Fish in Jonah’s Puddle – Part Seven

(You can read the previous chapters here.) THE STORY IN A NUTSHELL (Kind of Like the Universe*): Jonah is a boy whose parents were eaten by a demon.  Now he and his friends Stuart the philosophizing salmon, Humphrey the bow tie-bedecked troll and Calisto the testy harpy have set out to get the demon to hack his parents back up.  They have thus far …

Prayer wth candle

Prayer Update 12

It has been far too long since my last update to the prayer list. I apologize to everyone who have been waiting for this update, either to learn what’s been happening or to get people up to speed on their situation. December went for me much like I imagine it went for many people, and that delayed my midweek posts. …