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 sycamore tree, obviously watching Jesus and his … More Luke 19: The Seeker
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. … More Luke 12: The Only Good Fear
September has become a strange month for me. I sometimes don’t know where to look. I was a fourth grade teacher in my younger days, and September was a forward-looking month back then. Everything was new. New students! New responsibilities! New possibilities! New clothes! 😉 Now decades later, that perspective has changed. September has me … More Remembrance
Have you ever wondered, “Seriously, what’s my problem?” At some time, for some reason, maybe you have questioned why you act or react in a certain way, and do it over and over again. Or maybe you have wondered where your joy went, or your passion, and why it left. You used to be much … More Am I Enough?
This week is Passion Week. Many this week will follow Jesus in the scriptures, on his path to Golgotha. Feeling Judas’ betrayal. Hearing the screaming mob. Watching the judging, the beating, the scattered friends and disciples, the suicide of the betrayer. Witnessing the tears of the fearful friend. How shocking it was to those who … More The Remedy
I know the common definition of courage is doing something you are afraid to do, and that is mostly true I think. But not always. For instance, when I went through that 10 hour surgery on my face in 2012, it wasn’t an act of courage, even though many touted it as such. No, it was an … More New Year’s Courage
Mozart wrote his first symphony before he was 12. Frederick Law Olmstead, landscaper, didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life until he visited England when he was 30 and fell in love with its gardens. New York’s Central Park was his first commission. Grandma Moses began to paint when she was 78. … More No Ageism Here