Yesterday, I found myself overwhelmed, looking at so many things in this world and in my own life that I am sure need fixing but appear pretty much beyond help. I think I know from whence came my extreme funk: Our present “Pandemic” circumstance—having been “shutdown” over and over through the past year, separated from … More A Reader’s Reflection
Does it feel both odd and appropriate that we should be reading this chapter on Christmas Eve? Odd, perhaps, in the midst of our preparations for the celebration of Jesus’ birthday, but wonderful that, at the same time, we can rejoice in his victory over death. After this journey we have been on with Jesus … More Luke 24: A New Chapter
Jesus was teaching in the temple again that day, and preaching the gospel. The chief priests, scribes and elders came up to him, questioning him about who gave him the authority to “do these things.” It’s not clear if “these things” meant, simply, teaching the people who listened with rapt attention, or if it included … More Luke 20: The Debates
We get closer to Bethlehem as Christmas Day draws near, and Jesus is getting closer to Jerusalem. In reading through today’s chapter, we can see some of what is on his heart and mind. As he passes through Jericho, Jesus looks up at a man sitting on a branch of a sycamore tree, obviously watching … More Luke 19: The Seeker
Jesus knows something about life, and how we handle it. He spoke to his disciples and others about it, often in parables. I wish I could tell you what the first parable in this chapter is talking about when it says the dishonest, steward should “make friends by unrighteous wealth” so they will be his … More Luke 16: Honour and Faithfulness
It was fascinating to read this chapter’s account of a dinner party where Jesus is breaking bread, along with other guests, at the home of a Pharisee. I loved that the first thing Jesus did when he got there was heal a man with edema—-on the sabbath, yet again. Here, once again, the kingdom of … More Luke 14: The Counsel and the Cost
As today’s chapter began, it was sometime after the last episode when the scribes and Pharisees began lying in wait for Jesus, to “vehemently incite” him and challenge him angrily on whatever he said. On this particular day, thousands were assembled to listen to Jesus talk—so many that they might trample on one another. Jesus … More Luke 12: The Only Good Fear
There is so much to encourage us in this chapter. And so much to learn from. We start the chapter at the temptation in the wilderness, and end it with Jesus’ introduction to his public ministry. The purpose he was born for is so very near! At the Jordan River, the Holy Spirit came upon … More Luke 4: The Big IF
Let me start by saying I got a new hairdo yesterday. A summer-friendly, easy-to-wear pixie was what I asked for. And I guess that’s just what I got, so it’s not fair to bad-mouth the stylist. But the result was not quite what I expected. Enough to say, I texted my husband before I headed … More Not Again!
Yesterday, I heard a young minister tell the story of when he acted on what he felt the Lord say to him, in his heart: “Buy tickets to Hawaii for you and your wife, for this period of time.” It didn’t make sense; no reason to be there, no speaking engagements planned. And no vacation … More Faint Heart ne’er won…anything.
I read a blog post some time ago written by CNN contributor L.Z. Granderson. It was very touching and thought provoking. Even though I felt his belief system disregarded basic salvation truths, I enjoyed it, and it made me think about why I believe what I believe. My earliest memories are steeped in faith. Memories … More Why I Believe In God
We are awaiting, with deliberately exercised patience, the arrival of our first grandchild. Recently, both Glenn and I have noticed a heightened interest in Baby’s R Us, Carters, Osh Kosh, or any other store that carries baby clothes or paraphernalia, and whenever we pass them in a mall we turn in without even discussing it. … More Baby’s Almost Here!