The Fish in Jonah's Puddle

The Fish in Jonah’s Puddle – Part Four

The Story Thus Far: Jonah met the salmon Stuart in a puddle in his back yard after a massive storm rampaged through it, tearing through his world into other dimensions.  He then made the mistake of telling his parents.  His mother and father, fearing for his sanity, told him not to talk to Stuart any more, and to go play with other …

Wedding in forest

The Gift of Life

Sometimes it’s good to spend a few hours remembering that life is a gift. This last Friday I joined my family at the wedding of my brother-in-law, a man of steadfast integrity and intense creativity, to his first and last girlfriend of four years. Then on Saturday I attended a birthday party for a one-year-old girl who, medically speaking, was …

The Eye of the Storm

In the Stillness

“Then said Jesus unto them, ‘Be not afraid.’ “(1) . . . Tornadoes ravage everything they touch. They rip apart lives. They rip apart landscapes. They devastate civilization. In the part of the world I live in, tornadoes are relatively, blessedly rare. Thanks to our position amidst mountains, we are more sheltered from them than much of the United States. …

Fish in Jonah's Puddle

The Fish in Jonah’s Puddle – Part Three

If you missed the first two chapters, part one is here and part two is here.  Enjoy!   Jonah hardly touched his cereal the next morning.  He just sat there and stared at it, almost willing it to start performing synchronized acrobatics in the milk.  Maybe, if he stared just a little harder. . . “Last night still gotcha down?” …

Telling Stories Around Fire

The Storyteller

Why is it that suffering brings us together? When we meet someone for the first time and they say, “I’ve got cancer,” there’s an instant bond that forms. Especially if you’ve had cancer, too, or some other major health problem. But, even if you haven’t, there’s still that connection there. Why? It’s not just commonality, though that is definitely a …

The Fish in Jonah's Puddle Cover with Cardboard

The Fish in Jonah’s Puddle – Part Two

Missed chapter one?  Click here.   Jonah’s mind was a maelstrom of thoughts that evening as he replayed his time with Stuart in his head. What was the beast in the puddle with him? Why had Stuart come to visit Jonah? What was going to happen next? When his mother called him to dinner, Jonah shuffled to the table like …

Awash in the River

Awash in the River

Does the greatest impact from the story of Adam and Eve come from that it happened, or that it does happen? Is it just a story, or is it our story? Not in some esoteric, genes-and-blood-and-destiny sense, but in the dense, concrete truth that we have all violated our world, our fellow men and women, and the very God to …

Prayer wth candle

Prayer Update 8

Surprise! We have another prayer update! It’s only been a week or two since the last one, but I’ve gotten a lot of new info since then. Let’s pray. Doug Troyer is a new addition to the list. Doug has T2 colon cancer, and it is likely that the cancer has spread to his lymph nodes. (They can’t biopsy the …